The Electoral Code openly discriminates LGBTI people in Albania!

  The PINK Embassy submits to the Special Commission for Electoral Reform in the Republic of Albania the recommendation "On the recognition and respect of the political rights of LGBTI persons"

Tirana, 9 June 2020 - The Electoral Code of the Republic of Albania continues not to include the enjoyment of political rights to be elected, or even elected, for all LGBTI persons. The PINK Embassy sees this Code as a deviation from human rights, who are free to choose and vote for anyone in political office.

The PINK Embassy requested to the Special Parliamentary Commission for Electoral Reform and the Albanian Parliament that within the framework of the Electoral Reform in Albania to include in the legal amendments the recognition and guarantee of political rights, namely, the right to vote and to be elected. for LGBTI persons according to the principle of equality in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation, in accordance with Article 15/2, 18, 45 of the Constitution of Albania; as well as, Articles 1, 4, 5, 7, 9 of the Law on Protection from Discrimination.

The Electoral Code of the Republic of Albania, in article 3, point 3, explicitly provides that: “Every Albanian citizen, who has reached the age of 18, even on election day, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, language, political conviction, trust, physical ability or economic status has the right to choose and be elected in accordance with the rules provided for in this Code. ”

In this context, the Albanian law for the Electoral Code doesn’t guarantee the right to vote and to be elected (political rights) to LGBT persons. The current Electoral Code does not provide guarantees, and leaves room for discrimination in the exercise of the right to vote and to be elected, to the detriment of LGBTI persons due to their gender identity or sexual orientation.

PINK Embassy in Albania urges the Special Parliamentary Commission for Electoral Reform and the Albanian Parliament to address this important issue in the context of changes / amendments to the Electoral Code, essentially discriminating against the content of the amended law. Necessary changes include adjustments in accordance with the Constitution and the Law on Protection from Discrimination so that the Electoral Code of the Republic of Albania (amended) recognizes, affirms and guarantees the right to vote, to be elected and to be elected. appointed to a public office, for any Albanian citizen who has reached the age of eighteen, without being unjustly discriminated against for reasons such as: gender identity, sexual orientation or any other reason as provided in Article 1 of the Law on Protection from Discrimination.

It is important that the Special Parliamentary Commission for Electoral Reform and the Albanian Parliament, within their mandate to lead the Electoral Reform in Albania, to eliminate open discrimination against LGBTI people, thus enabling the electoral code to be in full compliance with national and international norms.

PINK Embassy Albania is a non-profit organization that works for the protection and advancement of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and Queer persons in Albania.  Pink has also served as a research and information centre on LGBTI issues at home and abroad, creating an understanding, emancipatory and progressive environment for the proper recognition of the LGBTI cause in the country.

 

For more information, contact:

PINK Embassy Albania

pink@pinkembassy.al

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