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When she returns home, 22-year-old Luana Myrtollari immediately locks the door and draws the curtains, a reflexive gesture that comes from fear. Transgender people find little acceptance in conservative societies like Albania. "Every time you go out of your house, you face aggression," says Myrtollari.  "All you want to do is go home, fall asleep...
With the support of the Council of Europe, the podcast aims to prevent hate speech and crimes against LGBTI people in Albania.   Tirana, 18 May 2021 – It is the first time for PINK Embassy Albania to prepare and publicise a podcast on LGBTI people in Albania and their protection from hate crimes. The podcast was presented in the framework of the...
Being trans in Albania. Te jesh trans ne Shqiperi
Being transgender is like being a prisoner of conscience!   By: Altin Hazizaj   Being Transgender in Albania has never been easy! Once upon a time their murder was accepted as “normal”, nowadays their prostitution for survival is considered a norm. Often, I have asked myself, how it is to be transgender and live under their skin? See the world...
PINK Embassy Albania with the support of the Council of Europe, opens the first photo exhibition of transgender people   Tirana, 21 May 2021 - Transgender people in Albania broke down barriers and for the first time dared to bring their reality through a photo exhibition, the first of its kind. Unaccepted by society, often forgotten, violated or...
   On the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, the PINK Embassy published a 10-year Report on Human Rights Violations of LGBTI persons in Albania. The report states that despite improvements in many areas, the situation of LGBTI persons, especially transgender people, is extremely serious and in violation of all...
By Julie Yoonnyung Lee BBC Korean     Jang Yeong-jin's remarkable story as North Korea's only openly gay defector was covered by the international media after he published his autobiography. Now, almost a quarter of a century after fleeing the country, he tells the BBC that he plans to marry his American boyfriend.   Jang Yeong-jin had never...
Tirana, 10th of November 2020 – PINK Embassy in Albania and Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation organized the Forum "A new Action Plan for LGBTI persons in Albania: Lessons learned and recommendations!". This Plan is drafted by Pink Embassy in Albania, in consultation with young people, civil society organizations and experts in the field of human...
Albania continues to discriminate against LGBTI people from equality in cohabitation and marriage   Tirana, September 21, 2020 - The PINK Embassy in Albania officially requested that LGBTI persons enjoy the right to adopt children and to have equality in marriage. Based on the proposals that the Ministry of Justice has recently submitted for...
   Dear Mr. Meta, The PINK Embassy and the Human Rights House of Human Rights in Albania (HRH) through this open letter, addressed to the President of the Republic of Albania, seeks to express its position and proposal regarding a forgotten group of prisoners during communism, people who at that time were convicted because of their conviction of...
  Tirana, 15 May 2020 - The Pink Embassy and CRCA/ECPAT Albania submitted today to the Albanian Parliament their proposals for amendments to the Law on Protection from Discrimination. This law is of special importance to both organizations, as they have been the proposing and supporting organisations for its adoption in early 2010. The experts of...
The latest decision from the Order of Psychologists makes Albania the 6th country in Europe that prohibits such therapy Tirana, 17 May 2020 - The Order of Psychologists in Albania, ordered today a total ban of conversion therapy by psychologists, making the country one of the first in Europe where such therapies have been banned. The decision...
  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...
The PINK Embassy carries the LGBTI flag to major institutions as part of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia   Tirana, 17 May 2020 - This morning, the PINK Embassy, ​​together with its partner organizations, held the 11th Tirana Pride march, an annual event aimed at raising public awareness on the situation of LGBTI people in...
Brussels, 19 December 2019 Honourable Ministers, Honourable Commissioners, 16 years ago, in Thessaloniki, the EU clearly stated that “the future of the Balkans is in the European Union”. The accession process and the prospects it offered for the Western Balkans were to serve as the anchor for reforms through a shared agenda, and commitment to its...
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...
Albania ranks first in the Western Balkans for discrimination of LGBTI persons in vital aspects, while 94% of LGBTI people hide their sexual orientation Tirana, May 10, 2019 - Tirana joins the capitals of Europe by organizing the 10th Diversity Festival, the 4th Primo March 2014 (Tirana Pride 2019), thus opening the week of awareness events in...
PINK Embassy announces "30 Persons of the Year" for the rights of the LGBTI community in Albania   Tirana 10 May 2019 - The Pink Embassy in Albania in cooperation with the UN Free and Equal Campaign, the House of Human Rights and CRCA / ECPAT Albania together with our community members, partners and friends officially opened the 10th Diversity...
ANYN and CRCA requires a National Youth Pact in Albania as a strategic enabler for resolving youth challenges Tirana, December 7, 2018 - In the framework of the National Day of Youth in Albania, representatives of the government, deputies, civil society and youth gathered in the largest National Youth Forum organized for young people in Albania....
PUBLIC STATEMENT Tirana, December 12, 2018 – Civil Society Organisations in Albania through this public statement express their support to the student's demand for the increase by 5% of GDP of the education budget in Albania. Albania invests only 3.3% of GDP on education, far from international and regional standards. This low investment rate...
Postcards from Albania talked with Altin Hazizaj about change, normality and why 70 per cent of Albanian teachers do not believe in it Issues concerning the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community are often hotly debated in Central Europe. Life isn’t easy for them in the Balkans either. Altin Hazizaj, a lawyer, activist and...

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