Tirana, 24 February 2017 –UNICEF hails the approval by the Albanian Parliament of the "Law on the Rights and Protection of the Child", which ensures alignment with international child rights norms and standards, and reinforces the multi-sectoral work of the entire Government towards child rights and child protection.
The new Law recognizes the child as a rights-holder and determines that parents, the government and the society have a shared responsibility to care for and protect every child. Compared to the previous legislation, the definitions in the new Law are enriched and better articulated to allow for correct and easier understanding and therefore effective application. Every affirmed right of the child now corresponds to specific obligations of the public authorities, which will make the implementation, as well as monitoring of respective accountabilities, more efficient.
The Law describes the structures and actions that Albania’s central and local governments must put in place, with a view to guarantee child rights and coordinate child protection interventions. To protect the child from violence, exploitation and neglect, an inter-sectoral response is prescribed and the public administration is empowered to take immediate protection measures. The Law also provides for clear sanctions in case of failure to abide by its provisions.
Considering the adoption of the Law as a victory for the country and for all girls and boys in Albania, UNICEF commends the effort of the Government and the Parliament for making a remarkable step forward in guaranteeing child rights as prescribed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF is proud to have supported the Government of Albania in the process of drafting of this Law, done in a consultative way and involving a broad range of stakeholders. The Law opens new horizons and opportunities for the fulfillment of the rights of every child in Albania, with no one left behind, forgotten or neglected.
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