The right to free elections is guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights. Of all the democratic safeguards against the abuse of political power, it is one of the most fundamental.
This handbook draws on methods for electoral assistance developed by the Council of Europe over many years. It aims to help observers to become more efficient and to produce reports which are more effective. Our starting point is that, far from watching passively from the sidelines, observers play an active role in developing national electoral procedures through their advice and recommendations. It is therefore vital that mission reports and advice issued to national authorities are easily understood and can be translated into concrete action. There are also a number of important principles to which we believe observers should pay special attention during an election, including the participation of women, young people, national minorities and people with disabilities.
The National Action Plan on LGBTI People of Albania is a document prepared by the Government of Albania under the coordination of the Ministry of social Welfare and Youth in close consultation with the representatives of human rights organisations and not-vernmental LGBTI organisations, and national and international organisations dealing with issues of human rights and equality in Albania.
The expertise and technical assistance for the preparation and implementation of a new National Action Plan to improve the quality of life for LGBTI people in Albania has been provided by the Sexual Orientaion and Gender Identity (SOGI) unit within the Council of Europe by appointing an international consultant to work with the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, based on the previous work experience and in close consultations with other line ministries, respective bodies and agencies, including the main stakeholders of the civil society engaged in this field.
"The vision of how to improve children’s outcomes in Albania through an effective and integrated child protection system"
by Ms Anniki Lai, Council of Europe Expert
The White paper includes guidance on the development of an integrated, comprehensive and effective child protection system in Albania, by establishing accountable governance mechanisms with well-defined roles and responsibilities in the child protection system, developing effective mechanisms and measures to prevent and respond to violence against children, and ensuring that all children have access to child-friendly services.
This paper was developed in the context of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child in order to assist and guide the Albanian authorities in their efforts to strengthen their domestic child protection system.
Text of the White paper: English version
Law and policy of online content regulation, in particular defamation online, in the light of Albanian legislative proposals
by Kristina Irion, Paolo Cavaliere, Darian Pavli
With the advent of the Internet a new public sphere has come into being that has changed modes of creation and consumption of media content where new actors offer online services and individual users can receive and impart information regardless of frontiers. New media and user-generated content greatly enhance the diversity and plurality of online content and allow an unprecedented parallelism of professional and journalistic content and individual speech empowering individual citizens and ordinary users.
The Council of Europe Co-operation Document for Albania 2015-2017 is a framework for co-operation between the Council of Europe and Albania with the overall strategic objective to assist the country in fulfilling its obligations as a Council of Europe member state. The Co-operation Document was developed on the basis of the findings and recommendations of the Council of Europe monitoring bodies, the strategic reform context in Albania, including European Union accession priorities, as well as results and achievements of previous Council of Europe co-operation programmes.
Text of the document: English version