Albania

  • Sep 18, 2013
  • Mar 26, 2012
    The Albanian government should publicly reprimand Deputy Defense Minister Ekrem Spahiu for homophobic remarks and endorsing violence against people participating in a Gay Pride parade. Asked what he thinks of plans to hold a Gay Pride parade in the capital, Tirana, Spahiu said the participants should be beaten.
  • Jan 26, 2011
    Prime Minister Sali Berisha of Albania should not interfere with the criminal investigation into the fatal shooting of three anti-government protesters on January 21, 2011.
  • Sep 1, 2010
    Human Rights Watch protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who are subject to discrimination and violence—and sometimes even torture or execution—because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Feb 16, 2010
    The anti-discrimination bill approved by Albanian lawmakers on February 4, 2010, is an important step toward ensuring equality for all, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Prime Minister Sali Berisha.
  • Feb 12, 2010
    Human Rights Watch writes to Prime Minister Berisha in response to the broad anti-discrimination bill approved in the Albanian parliament on February 4, 2010.
  • Jan 21, 2010
    Human rights protections in the Western Balkans lag behind aspirations for European integration.In its World Report 2010, Human Rights Watch documents human rights conditions and issues in Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, and Kosovo.
  • Apr 15, 2009
    This submission highlights two areas of concern which Human Rights Watch hopes to see reflected in the upcoming Universal Periodic Review of Albania – (1) the failure to investigate credible allegations of illegal detention and abuse of individuals abducted from Kosovo, and (2) inadequate protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Apr 9, 2009
    A BBC investigation has revealed powerful evidence that the separatist ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) maintained a network of detention facilities in Kosovo and Albania, where it held both ethnic Serbs, Roma, Albanian and other captives. The investigation follows credible allegations in the book The Hunt, by Carla del Ponte, former chief prosecutor of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal, about the abduction and cross-border transfer of around 400 ethnic Serbs and other captives from Kosovo to northern Albania after the withdrawal of Serbian forces on June 1999. Read More >>
  • Mar 11, 2008
    Human Rights Watch writes to urge Dr. Ihsanoglu to use his position as Secretary General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference to support measures at the upcoming Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference in Dakar, Senegal on March 13-14 that would improve and strengthen the 1999 OIC Convention on Combating International Terrorism.