Human Rights Committee: Albania

HRC session 108 (2013)

(22 August 2013, CCPR/C/ALB/CO/2, Concluding observations on second report, para. 11)

"While commending the State party for criminalizing domestic violence and spousal rape in its Criminal Code, the Committee notes with regret the continuing reports of domestic violence against women and children, including corporal punishment. It is particularly concerned at reports of ineffective police investigation into complaints of domestic violence, which in turn result in actual impunity of perpetrators. The Committee is also concerned about the rare number of convictions and the lack of follow-up to protection orders, rendering them largely ineffective. Finally, the Committee is concerned about the lack of a sufficient number of shelters for victims of domestic violence (arts. 3, 7 and 24).

The State party should:

a)     adopt a comprehensive approach to preventing and addressing violence against women and children in all its forms and manifestations;

b)     intensify its awareness-raising measures among the police, judiciary, prosecutors, community representatives, women and men on the magnitude of domestic violence and its detrimental impact on the lives of victims;

c)     encourage non-violent forms of discipline as alternatives to corporal punishment; …."

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