PINK Embassy: Albania's Parliament should apologise and redress all LGBTI persons convicted during the communist regime for homosexuality!

PRESS RELEASE - Albania's President should pardon all LGBTI Persons imprisoned during Communism!

Tirana, 17 May 2019 - May 17th marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, a day that the communities raise their voice for all violations of the rights of LGBTI people anywhere in the world.

PINK Embassy and Human Rights House Albania, on this day, publicly ask the Albanian national institutions to turn their attention to LGBTI people and ensure their protection, non-discrimination and equality.

Throughout 50 years of communist regime in Albania, many LGBTI persons have been convicted because of the expression of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Although no one knows how many LGTBI people suffered imprisonment in the name of love, their suffering for years in the prisons of dictatorship is proven. Article 137 of the Criminal Code of Albania (1977) was widely used to sentence any expression of male love with up to 10 years in prison. Records from the National Archives show that several gay persons have been sentenced with 10 years of imprisonment at a very young age.

PINK Embassy and the Human Rights House ask today the Albanian Parliament to publicly apologise and also redress all persons who were imprisoned across Albania under article 137, because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

We also ask the President of Albania to exercise his right to pardon all LGBTI people and their families, who still hold the seal of shame and injustice.

PINK Embassy and HRH ask the Albanian Parliament and Government that Law No. 9831 "On the Compensation of Former Political Condemners of the Communist Regime" be amended to include compensation to all former LGBTI convicts who have served prison sentence during the communist regime. All these persons and their family members have the right to receive financial compensation and be rehabilitated for an unjust criminal conviction.

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