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Advancing Procedural Rights in Albania – kicking off a new project

admin - December 3, 2018 - EU Directives on procedural rights

 

Last month, Fair Trials travelled to Tirana to kick off our new project funded by the EU Commission aimed at improving procedural rights in Albania. We have teamed up with Civil Rights Defenders and Res Publica, two NGOs with extensive experience in the country, to work collaboratively with local civil society actors to highlight the main challenges regarding the right to a fair trial in Albania, and to bring local laws and practices closer in line with European human rights standards.

Like many other countries in the Western Balkan region, Albania has begun the process of joining the European Union, and in doing so, it has started a major overhaul of its laws to align them with those of the EU. These include not only laws and regulations to facilitate free trade and migration, but also on the right to a fair trial, especially those enshrined in the EU’s ‘Roadmap’ for procedural rights directives.

Although Albania has been a party to the European Convention of Human Rights for over 20 years, there have been concerns raised by various human rights groups and international bodies about various aspects of its criminal justice system. These include shortcomings regarding the respect for the right of access to a lawyer, and flaws in its juvenile justice procedures.

Fair Trials and its partners believe that greater compliance with the Roadmap Directives could help to address many of these challenges. Together, we will be working to train local lawyers and civil society organisations to raise awareness of these Directives and helping them to use EU laws to strengthen the respect for fair trial rights in the country.

However, it is crucial that suitable solutions are found for local challenges. It would be inappropriate for the EU to expect Albania to simply transplant the laws and practices of EU Member States, when there have been serious challenges throughout the EU regarding the effective implementation of the Roadmap Directives.

This is why during this project, we will be facilitating dialogues between criminal justice experts from the EU (through the Legal Experts Advisory Panel and the JUSTICIA network) and civil society actors from Albania. We hope that through the sharing of experiences and expertise, both sides have much to gain.

In the coming months, Civil Rights Defenders and Res Publica will be carrying out research, including by speaking with local stakeholders, to assess the extent to which local laws comply with existing EU standards. This research will inform future efforts by local civil society actors to advocate for appropriate reforms and improvements. 

If you are a journalist interested in this story, please telephone Fair Trials’ press department on +44 (0) 20 7822 2370 or +32 (0) 2 360 04 71.

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