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ALBANIA Norway thanks the delegation of Albania for the presentation of the national report. We welcome the progress Albania has made for human rights and the expressed will to work with all relevant mandate holders.. We welcome the adoption of the Laws on Gender Equality and Domestic Violence and the inclusion of a 30% quota for women in the new Electoral Code, as vital steps. We recommend that the legal framework for gender equality and domestic violence be followed up by more effective measures for their enforcement, including law enforcement and judicial authorities handling cases of domestic violence and to increase public awareness about the law in smaller towns and rural areas. Norway welcomes Albania’s commitment to adopt a Law on the Rights of the Child and its stated support for a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Law. We understand that children living in remote areas, roma, orphans, juveniles in detention and children with disabilities are often not provided with adequate conditions for personal development, thus remaining entrenched in their marginalization and vulnerable to exploitation. Norway recommends the adoption of the Law on the Rights of the Child and the Law against Discrimination as matters of priority, as well as measures to ensure implementation of laws on birth registration. We recommend that state policies and mechanisms target discrimination against marginalized and vulnerable categories of children. Norway appreciates Albania’s efforts to improve the conditions for prisoners. In light of the recent report by the Council of Europe’s Committee on Torture, Norway recommends continued investments in prison and detention facilities, with a particular focus on improving material conditions for suspects held in police establishments and pre-detention centers. We also recommend that efforts be intensified to combat ill-treatment by police authorities.
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