Albania Human Rights

Human Rights Concerns

Amnesty International remains concerned that torture and ill-treatment of detainees are common in Albania. Investigations into some complaints were started, but tended to be delayed and inconclusive. Detention conditions, particularly for remand prisoners held in police stations, remain harsh, although steps have been taken to reduce overcrowding. Domestic violence is widespread and significant reforms are needed to protect victims.

The trafficking of women and children for forced prostitution and cheap labor continued, although arrests and prosecutions for trafficking markedly increased. The law, however, did not adequately protect victims, for whom there were limited support services provided by non-governmental organizations.