20 March 2006
Under the aegis and with financial support of the Soros
Foundation in Albania a round table was held on 20 March 2006
to discuss anticorruption measures and ensuing human rights
infringements as they represent the mission of such organizations
as Albanian Helsinki Committee, the Human Rights Group, the
Albanian Center of Human Rights, the Center for Parliamentary
Studies and the Center for Civic and Legal Action.
The participants at the round table discussed about the latest
instruments proposed by the government to fight corruption.
They reiterated that anticorruption policies are important
and therefore enjoy the support of civil society and the public
at large. These policies are necessary to ensure the country’s
development, consolidate democracy and underwrite Albania’s
efforts to integrate with the European Union. However, special
care should be taken so that governmental policies do not
violate fundamental human rights and freedoms. Furthermore,
enjoyment of human rights and freedoms in accordance with
the Constitution is one of the pre-requisites for the success
of these initiatives.
This is the stand also adopted by the society at large and
especially by representatives of civil society organizations
fighting for democracy and human rights. These organizations
have closely followed the government’s exercise of its
law making prerogatives particularly those relating to anticorruption.
They have systematically sent reports to the Speaker of the
Parliament, the members of the law Commission, etc. In their
discussions, all of the participants representing the media,
academia, and civil society organizations shared the concern
of the round table organizers that anti-corruption is important
to ensure the country’s development and progress, however
it should be waged in accordance with laws protecting human
rights and civic liberties.
- The following laws were the object of concern:
- Draft law concerning “Cooperation of the public
in the fight against corruption”;
- Decisions of the Council of Ministers concerning the
avoidance of nepotism in the civil service, the tax and
customs administrations, more specifically the Decision
of the Council of Ministers No. 43 dated 27 January 2006
concerning “the control of nepotism and traffic influences
in the recruitment and promotion of personnel in the tax
administration”; Decision of the Council of Ministers
No. 44, dated 27 January 2006 concerning “Nepotism
in the civil service”, Decision of the Council of
Ministers No. 48, dated 27 January 2006 concerning “Some
additions in the Decision No. 205 , dated 13 April 1999
of the Council of Ministers on the approval of applicable
provisions of the Customs Code of the republic of Albania”
Draft law “For some changes in the law No. 8457, dated
11 February 1999 “On Classified Information”.
- Moratorium on sailing vessels.
The meeting ended with a joint statement by the participants
calling on the Government and Parliament to respect the country’s
laws and constitution as well as the international instruments
to which Albania is a party to.