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Thomas Simaku with a CD Release on Naxos
A CD comprising 6 works performed by the Kreutzer Quartet has just been released in the UK on Naxos records,and also in USA and Canada.
Thomas Simaku is an Albanian Composer among 21st Century Classics.For more information about individual tracks, please go to Naxos website.
A new CD release of Thomas Simaku

Monument to the Victims of Communism in Ottawa - Canada
Communist Sign the petition to support the building of a Monument to the Victims of Communism, in Ottawa, Canada

To: Parliament of Canada
While the horrors of Nazism are well known, who knows that the Soviet Union murdered 20 million people? Who knows that China's dictators have slaughtered an estimated 60 million? Who knows that the Communist holocaust has exacted a death toll surpassing that of all of the wars of the 20th century combined ? Just as we must grasp Communism's brutality, we must understand the true cause of this era's most significant event: the fall of the Soviet Union. While we believe that Vaclav Havel was right when he saw the fall of the Communist empire as an event on the same scale as the fall of the Roman Empire, it was not the end of Communism. Sign and Join this petition

Who recognised KOSOVA as an Independent State?
Countries that have recognized or Announced the recognition of Republic of Kosova
We are honored and humbled that it is our generation that lives to see that day and we are aware and ready to take up the path that begins from here. Our future is with Europe.Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for standing by us in the worst times. In memory of those who gave and lost their lives, and loved ones. May peace and light prevail. Countries who recognized Kosova

Boycott of Greek products in Albania
Boycott of Greek products in Albania!

Albanian nationalists, who accuse Greece of turning the country into a non-conventional colony of Greece, are using the protest to halt the rising power of Greece in the country. In 2006 Greek Imports reached EUR 406mn, while Greek investments are estimated at over EUR 400mn. Greek companies and businesses own substantial shares in the telecommunication, petroleum and financial markets in the country. Strong protests were organized by the "Cham" population, ethnic Albanians that used to live in the territory of current Greece till the end of World War II. Afterwards, they forcedly expelled from their properties. Therefore we call on you to Boycott greek products in Albania

Donation for an Albanian Bridge in Shkoder City.
Has started a project to raise funds to build a bridge in the village of "Ure e Shtrenjte", near Shkoder. In need for donation to complete this project. More ..

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Albanian Laws:

Security and Politics : A Limitation of Civil Liberties?

ALBANIA
    The government in Tirana has, over the past few months, imposed new domestic security policies in
    Albania Map
    order to curb an increase in criminal networks and their activities. More importantly, the international community, namely the EU and NATO- At the same

    By Ioannis Michaletos and Stavros Markos - Balkanalysis.com

    time, international bodies, namely the EU and NATO – entities which Albania wishes to join in the future – are worried about the country’s widespread corruption, and are pressuring Albania to reconstruct its judicial system so as to combat crime of all sorts.

    The Albanian Parliament has thus enacted a series of remedial bills, which some analysts predict will lead to an infringement of democratic processes in the country. However, international aid to the security sphere in Albania has as a main target the curtailing of organized crime and terrorism, and not the imposition of a totalitarian state structure that would seek to emulate the Hoxha regime that dominated Albania during the Cold War years.

    Of specific concern is the law for surveillance and electronic correspondence. This law was passed in 2005, due to pressure that Albania encountered from foreign agencies such as the CIA, MI6 and EUROPOL, which were reportedly concerned by the continued interrelation between organized crime and Islamic extremist within the state
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Albanian Laws:

State Secrets in Albania

ALBANIA
    Weakness in the law is the failure to recognize that there are instances where information should be released in the name of public interest, even if it is properly classified and may cause harm.

    Comments on Legal Regulations on Access to Information and State Secrets in Albania

    By David Banisar Director, Freedom of Information Project of Privacy International

    April 2006


    The public right of access to information is an essential element of a functioning democracy. This has been widely recognized worldwide in both
    international conventions and national laws. Albania is among the nearly 70 countries who has adopted a national law on access to information. However, the existing system of access in Albania has not proven to be adequate and needs improvements in both law and practice. The proposed amendments to the Law on Information Classified “State Secret” would further exacerbate the problem.

    Because the general laws on access to information have been previously examined by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFOM)2, this review will focus mainly on the Law on Information Classified “State Secret” and other related laws and will propose changes to a number of laws and practices to improve access to information.

    Existing System of Access to Information in Albania

    The legal recognition of the right of access to information in Albania has made significant progress in the past ten years. The most important development was the adoption of Article 23 of the Constitution which provides for the right of every person to access information held by state bodies and to attend public meetings.

Posted by classiclady on Thursday, October 26 @ 14:26:23 PDT (842 reads)
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Albanian Laws:

Open request to reject the Law “On Legalization ..

Albanian Economy
    Albanian Canadian League Information Service (ACLIS) has supported "The Petition organized by Mjaft Movement" to Reject the Notorious Laws of Berisha Government and his Criminal Clan to Legalize the Illegal Buildings against the Will of True and Legal Owners.
    Mjaft Movement

    Mjaft Movement = Enough Movement

    Tirana, 2 March 2006

    Subject: Open request to reject the Law “On Legalization, Urbanization and Integration of Illegal buildings”

    To: Mr. Alfred Moisiu, President of the Republic

    Mr. President,

    We are resorting to you because we are concerned about the approval of the law “On legalization, Urbanization and Integration of Illegal Buildings” and about its effects on the Albanian nation. The MJAFT! Movement has already expressed its opinion that the law on legalizations was compiled in total lack of a policy on the issue and lacking transparence, leaving out and not consulting the interested parties. Also, in the process of making and approving this law, observations made by international institutions, such as OSCE have not been taken into consideration. Furthermore, this law will also have the following negative effects:

    - The law is made in lack of an authentic policy and as a result, it does not calculate the real costs of this process, it does not define who will pay this cost and what are the benefits from this law, and what is the balance.
Posted by acl on Friday, March 03 @ 11:13:21 PST (738 reads)
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Albanian Laws:

New Law - Anticorruption approved in Parliament

ALBANIA

    United Nations Convention against corruption was approved in the Laws Commision in
    Anti - corruption
    Parliament. All the commission members gave their YES vote to this legal initiative. Meanwhile, the independent deputy Spiro Peci, even though voted pro the Convention, he expressed reserves about the formulation way of the draft presented by the Council of Ministers.

    According to him, five useless articles have been put in the draft-law. “Usually, when a convention is being ratified, it has just an article that has to do with convention’s ratification and its enforcement. What was described in the other articles can lately be regulated with law,”- Peci said.
Posted by classiclady on Thursday, February 02 @ 15:39:09 PST (751 reads)
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Albanian Laws:

Special treatment for minors in courts

ALBANIA
    Now the youngsters that will violate the law will be deservedly treated during the judiciary processes.
    Minors in Courts
    This is the scope of the reform the Minister of Justice Aldo Bumci presented yesterday through an activity held in this ministry’s settings.It is about a three-year program in partnership with UNICEF, SIDA and European Commission. Their mission is to establish the basis of a system to defend according to international standards the rights of youngsters and children that violate the law. The European Commission will provide alternatives against imprisoning to those who are condemned for a certain crime as well as to provide real solutions to different cases. The three-year program with a cost of 2,257,000 euros aims to develop all elements of a system for minors’ rights in Albania; to enhance institutional capacities, to carry out the program on imprisoning alternatives, to protect and reintegrate children deprived of their freedom, prevention programs, including the education system and communitarian activities. The actual judging and punishing systems reflect deficiencies in trained staffs on youngsters’ treatment.
Posted by classiclady on Saturday, December 03 @ 08:55:18 PST (775 reads)
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Albanian Laws:

JUSTICE THROUGH THE LAW

Albanian Dossier

    Prof. Luan Omari - Vice chairman of Albanian Academy of Science


    Blood feud is one of the many problems that our country faces in this difficult and long, post
    Prof Luan Omari
    communist transition. The roots of this negative phenomenon are in the past. Historical, ethnographic data, evidences of natives and foreign visitors at the beginning of the 20th century speak clearly about the large proportions that this social wound had especially in the northern regions of Albania.
    With the lapse of the time, the blood feud dimensions started to diminish. In the period of the Republic and the Monarchy of Zog, there was a reduction of this criminality compared to the period before the Independence. But the situation was still disturbing.
    A positive turn was that after the liberation of the country by the fascist and nazi invasion. In the conditions of the social and economic changes, of the increase of the level of education of the population and the big repressive power of the state, from year to year, the figures of blood feud diminished so much that people thought that this phenomenon belonged to the past. Unfortunately it was not like this.
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Albanian Laws:

State Security - high official administration

Albanian Politics
    How moral would be that some people who have been collaborators of State Security remain or be
    Dictatorship
    appointed high officials?!Is there any greater absurdity than the fact that those people who for about 50 years of the dictatorship enabled the killing, imprisonments and the interning of many innocent Albanians?! Revealing these answers might probably create a new trauma for the Albanian society, but nevertheless, it would appease forever the national conscience, still traumatised by the pressure that communists exercised for about five decades.
    The head of the reformer-christian democrat parliamentary group, Nard Ndoka, through a draft-law on the control over the high-officials’ figure that are elected or appointed in important state institutions, is expected to solve the puzzle over those who have been the persecutors and slayers during the communist system.
Posted by classiclady on Tuesday, November 01 @ 14:33:58 PST (751 reads)
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Albanian Laws:

Albania: No to impunity for torture and ill-treatment

ALBANIA
    1 February 2005 Amnesty International has learnt of over 105 incidents from the
    Stop Torture
    beginning of 2002 to the end of November 2004 in which police in Albania are alleged to have tortured or ill-treated one or more people - an average of 35 incidents a year.

    In its report Albania: Obligations under the UN Convention against Torture - a gap between law and practice (AI Index: EUR 11/001/2005) published today, Amnesty International stated that it believed the true figure for such incidents was considerably higher and that many went unreported. Most incidents of torture or ill-treatment took place during, or in the hours immediately following, arrest.
Posted by classiclady on Wednesday, October 19 @ 15:14:52 PDT (910 reads)
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