Altin Hazizaj – General Director CRCA Albania

Altin Hazizaj – General Director CRCA Albania

Biography

Altin Hazizaj is among the people who established the Children’s Human Rights Centre of Albania (CRCA Albania) in 1997. He became Director of CRCA Albania based on his previous experience as a youth movement leader, journalist, human rights defender and with an extensive experience also in the business sector. Altin Hazizaj is the General Director of CRCA Albania, since November 2002, giving a significant contribution for protection and advancement of children and youth rights in Albania. CRCA Albania is one of the major child and youth organisations in Albania, that works for policy and legislative improvement related to children and youth rights, capacity building for the Albanian government, research and advocacy on children and youth rights and provisions of services for the children most in need. CRCA Albania is funded by UNICEF, UNWomen, European Union, Olof Palme International Center / SIDA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands, Global Campaign for Education etc. More info on CRCA can be read on www.crca.al

In 2008 he lead the efforts of CRCA Albania in cooperation with Dutch Embassy and later with UNICEF for the establishment of the first ever National Child Helpline in Albania. ALO 116 Albania was established in 2009 and as of 2017 it has been in contact with more than 600 thousand children and has successfully supported and protected more than 13 thousand children across Albania. In 2005 he joined the initiative of CRCA Albania in cooperation with the Coalition for Women and Youth in Politics to start advocating for setting up a gender quota for women and girls in elections in Albania. Thanks to his great advocacy skills and in cooperation with more than 80 NGO’s across Albania they achieved to get in the last parliamentary elections in Albania more than 30 women MP’s, compare to only 7 when they started the advocacy actions. Meanwhile he has been instrumental in the revival of the youth movement in Albania and in 2014 with the support of Olof Palme Center it was made possible to bring all the major youth organisations together under the umbrella of the Albanian National Youth Network (ANYN).

In 2013, CRCA led the process for the establishment of the Human Rights House of Albania, a major network working for the advancement of children, youth, women, minorities and LGBT rights. He is a PhD candidate of Law School of Tirana University, while he has LLM and MA degrees in Law and European Studies.  Altin Hazizaj is one of the people that led the efforts for the improvement of LGBT rights in Albania, by supporting the establishment of an LGBT group at CRCA that later would become PINK Embassy / LGBT PRO Albania, now the leading organisation that promotes equality, respect and dignity for every LGBT person in the country. He is one of the legal experts that wrote and defended the approval of the Law against Discrimination in Albania, which was approved by the Albanian Parliament on February 2010 and that for the very first time in the history of the country it gave protection from discrimination the LGBT community. More info on PINK Embassy can be read at www.pinkembassy.al

Altin Hazizaj is the author and co-author of many studies and reports relevant to children and youth rights in Albania, such as: “Vicious Circle”, “Forgotten Children”, “Awaiting Trial”, “Youth Employment Opportunities in Albania”, “Albania: The Alternative Report on the Rights of the Child”, CEDAW Alternative Report-Albania and “Nobody to Care”, Case-based Surveillance on Violence Against Children in Albania, BECAN epidemiological research on violence against children in Albania etc. Altin Hazizaj, graduated in 1995 from the Law School of University of Tirana with excellent results, and is dedicated to protecting human rights since 1993, contributing as a staff and consultant in many well-known organizations in Albania and abroad such as: Albanian Helsinki Committee, Center for Population and Development, the Albanian Human Rights Group, Albanian Civil Society Foundation, Save the Children Kosovo, ILO Turin, World Vision Kosovo, UNICEF Kosovo etc. In 2005 he facilitated the establishment of the Albanian Coalition for Promotion of Women and Youth in Politics together with women MP’s, women NGO’s, political forums of youth and women etc.

From 1993 to 1999, Altin Hazizaj worked as a journalist for political and social departments of major newspapers in Albania: “Koha Jone”, “Gazeta Shqiptare”, “Dita Informacion”, “PO”; Magazine “KLAN”, including being a news anchor at the National Television “KLAN” during the Kosovo war. His writings and reports have been included in a variety of national and international publications on issues such as: child abuse, administration of juvenile justice, children in conflict with the law, street children, working children, children’s rights in Albania, etc. He has been an expert in several policy documents and member of working groups of the Albanian Government for the preparation of the National Strategy for Children in Albania, National Strategy for Youth in Albania, the National Human Rights Reports etc.