Report by Head of OSCE Presence in Albania: UK response, July 2022

Thanks Chair Welcome again, Ambassador Del Monaco to the Everlasting Council, and thanks on your

Thanks Chair

Welcome again, Ambassador Del Monaco to the Everlasting Council, and thanks on your complete report highlighting the Presence’s achievements over the past ten months.

Throughout this era we had been happy to welcome Albania’s membership of the UN Safety Council, together with their management of the UNSC in June.

We can not escape the truth that this era has additionally been marked by Russia’s unlawful invasion of Ukraine, an invasion which the UK strongly condemns. We welcome Albania’s agency place, and observe that the invasion has resulted in some challenges to Albania’s Authorities priorities, together with round the price of residing.

Turning to your report, I wish to give attention to 4 key areas, particularly: electoral reform, media freedom, anti-corruption, and the battle in opposition to severe organised crime and trafficking.

First – on electoral reform, we welcome your continued efforts to help the reform course of, a said prime precedence of the Meeting of Albania. This consists of the Presence’s work with the Central Election Fee (CEC), together with their goal of getting the required infrastructure in place to assist out of nation voting by autumn 2023. We additionally recognize your assist to the CEC, along with OSCE’s Workplace for Democratic Establishments and Human Rights (ODIHR), on drafting its first ever Code of Ethics. As talked about beforehand, your assist and advocacy for an inclusive strategy to elections is extremely valued. We had been happy that our Embassy in Tirana was capable of be a part of with the Presence and the CEC to encourage youth participation in electoral processes earlier this 12 months. We proceed to encourage additional work on electoral reform, together with by addressing ODIHR suggestions, and we welcome the cross-partisan efforts of the brand new Meeting on this route. This work is particularly vital forward of the June 2023 native elections.

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Secondly – we welcome your give attention to media freedom in Albania. As your report notes, the Media Freedom Index, printed by Reporters With out Borders in Could 2022, ranked Albania 103rd, dropping 20 locations in comparison with 2021. Journalists ought to be capable to report in a free and correct solution to maintain these in energy to account, expose corruption and inform residents.

Thirdly – we commend your continued focus and experience in addressing corruption, together with to corruption-proof laws. We welcome the work of the Particular Prosecutor in opposition to Corruption (SPAK), which should proceed to be supported. It’s noteworthy that your report mentions the advanced interaction between corrupt practices and gender inequality. Gender is integral in all that we do, and we recognize your consideration to this. We additionally welcome the dedication of the Ministry of Justice/Nationwide Coordinator Towards Corruption to comply with up on the Presence’s suggestions and to mainstream gender within the nationwide anti-corruption technique. As talked about beforehand, we additionally encourage a give attention to intersectional elements, and we’re happy that the OSCE is beginning to enhance its consideration right here.

Fourthly – on preventing severe organised crime and trafficking, we welcome your continued help in combating trafficking in human beings. We significantly observe your assist to progressive multi-sectoral coaching, addressing baby trafficking, and on the Anti-Trafficking Nationwide Referral Mechanism Framework. Combating trans-national threats is important for any authorities, and we recognize your assist in constructing the premise for Intelligence-led Policing to deal with severe and organised crime.

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Wanting forward – we welcome the Presence’s deliberate focus and we look ahead to listening to extra in your help to advance these areas, together with on electoral reform, media freedom, good governance, severe organised crime and gender equality.

In concluding, I wish to thanks, Ambassador del Monaco, and your group on your arduous work and dedication in the course of the reporting interval. We want you the perfect of luck in your future endeavours.

Thanks Chair