The Child Friendly Interview Rooms for Albanian Police unveiled in Korça Police Commissariat by UNICEF Albania
13 October, 2020. UNICEF Albania, together with UK Embassy and the Korça Head of Local Police unveiled on this day in the premises of Korça Police Commissariat, a child-friendly interview room. The new facility allows Police officers and other child protection specialists to have a meaningful interaction with a child in contact of conflict with the law fully in line with the new Criminal Justice for Children Code of the Republic of Albania and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Thanks to the United Kingdom Government’s generous support, UNICEF Albania completely renovated and equipped the child friendly interview rooms following the best international standards that Albania also recently endorsed.
“For UNICEF and the United Kingdom Government, the well-being and protection of Albania most vulnerable groups is a top priority. Particularly today, when the world is fighting COVID 19 pandemic, the situation is sadly getting worse with the safety of children and women from abuse, violence and exploitation. These new facilities will allow the Albanian law enforcement authorities to be more effective, but also more humane, in their difficult and demanding work in the fight against these terrible crimes” said Ms. Edina Kozma, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Albania during the unveiling ceremony.
“At the heart of everything we do is the desire to protect and support victims and help them recover from the trauma they have endured. The new "soft" interview room at the Police Station in Korça will make it easier for victims to speak with police. It will also lead to better interviews and more successful prosecutions. Let us come together around the key issues of prosecution, protection and prevention, and thereby build a future without human trafficking” said at the event the UK Ambassador in Albania, H.E. Mr. Duncan Norman.
In total, UNICEF made 7 such rooms available in the country, out of which 5 (Korça, Saranda, Fier, Peshkopi and Kukes) were fully supported by the UK Government. The child friendly interview rooms are dedicated rooms in the police commissariats that will serve the purpose of capturing and using information acquired from children and minors in contact or in conflict with the law. These very high standard facilities, equipped with state of the art technology, will serve for many years to come for dignified and rights-based treatment of children in conflict or contact with the law.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/albania.