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Three-year report on the phenomenon of blood feuds in Albania

report per sitoOn March 21st and 27th, 2018, in Shkodër and Tirane respectively, Operazione Colomba presented the report “Descriptive document on the phenomenon of ‘hakmarrja’ and ‘gjakmarrja’ to raise awareness among Albanian and international institutions – III edition”.
This document photographs the phenomenon of blood feuds, trying to put pressure on the Albanian and international institutions in order to achieve an increased effort in tackling this phenomenon which still causes sufferings and deaths among Albanian citizens nowadays.

Read the report here.

P/R Operazione Colomba urges for the protection of blood feud victims

Press release – Operazione Colomba, Nonviolent Peace Corps of the Pope John XXIII Community, learns from media sources, both Albanian and international, about Mario Majollari’s homicide. The 28-years-old Albanian has been killed on April 10th, 2018, as a vendetta for the murder of Ilir Gjuzi, committed by Mario Majollari’s father. Wanted for Majollari’s homicide is Kastriot Gjuzi, Ilir Gjuzi’s brother.

In 2014, when his father, fugitive up to then, got arrested, Mario Majollari was in Sweden as international protection applicant, since he feared he could have been killed for vendetta. Protection, however, was denied. Among the motivations, Swedish sources claim that the Judge’s decision has been based on the information transmitted from Albania. Swedish judiciary therefore concluded that the Albanian judicial system – independently from its current gaps – can give protection from blood-feud-related conflicts.

Operazione Colomba is worried for the lack of protection to the people and the families involved in blood feuds and, as stated in the report presented in March, it hopes for a greater awareness from State Institutions in order that they will put more and more efforts in achieving the elimination of the phenomenon and in the protection of its victims.

The Human Rights Day

On the occasion of the Human Rights Day, we held a demonstration in Shkodër pedestrian area.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and, for some of us, this is taken for granted like admiring a starry sky.
Unfortunately, for the victims of blood feuds, “normality” is to experience the daily violation of their fundamental human rights.