Check Against Delivery Statement by H.E. Aharon Leshno Yaar Permanent Representative of Israel To the United Nations, Geneva Statement on the 6th Session Universal Periodic Review on Albania Human Rights Council 1 December 2009 Mr. President, The State of Israel welcomes the distinguished Members of the Albania Delegation appearing for the Sixth Session of the Universal Periodic Review. Israel extends our sincere appreciation for Albania’s comprehensive presentation and constructive approach to the UPR. Israel takes note of the positive measures adopted by Albania to significantly advance the human rights situation in their country. We commend Albania for its level of ratification of United Nations and regional human rights treaties, and the implementation of international laws and standards in its national policy, as noted by the UNCT. We applaud the establishment of the State Minority Committee in 2004 and its performance putting forward issues of concern to the government in relation to the economic, social and educational development of minorities. We strongly support Albania in the steps taken towards protecting the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Albanian nationals, foreigners and persons without citizenship, as established in their National Constitution. Israel therefore offers one question and two recommendations to the State of Albania: 1. The Government of Albania mentioned in its National Report that there is no specific law on the protection of minorities, but separate laws addressing this issue. Is there a foreseeable project to integrate these separate laws into a single specific one in the near future? 2. Israel takes note of the positive measures adopted by Albania to significantly advance the situation of both national and ethnic minorities in the country, especially the Roma community. We would like to recommend Albania to keep fostering the educational attainment of the Roma children following the lines of the 2004 CCA report. 3. In light of the challenges Albania faces in the implementation of the promotion and protection of women’s rights, Israel recommends the further development of the “National strategy for Gender Equality and Domestic Violence”, created in 2007, in accordance to what was recommended by CESCR and CAT. Thank you.