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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.

THE BELGIAN REPORT ABOUT BLOOD FEUDS DRAFTED BY THE OFFICE FOR REFUGEES AND STATELESS PERSONS IN BELGIUM

report belgaIn March, the Federal Board that receives and decides upon asylum claims in Belgium has met Operazione Colomba’s volunteers in Shkodër, Albania. Over the last few years, many Albanians have asked for asylum in Belgium because of their involvement in the blood feud’s phenomenon. Therefore, two members of the research department of the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons in Belgium took part to a fact finding mission in Albania in order to update their information and understanding of the phenomenon of “gjakmarrja/hakmarrja”. During the meeting, the belgian delegation had the chance to know more about  Operazione Colomba’s activities against this phenomenon in Albania and its field experience in order to understand how that practice works nowadays, which is its geographical/quantitative distribution and which could be its solution. (more…)

A year ago, the campaign for reconciliation against the blood feud ended

The national campaign of awareness against blood feuds, promoted in 2016 by Operazione Colomba in Albania, ended on 30 September 2016 near the capital city of Tirana. On that date, a plaque in memory of blood feuds’ victims  was donated to the Palace of Culture of Kamez to remember that this practice still violates fundamental human rights. Since 2010, we have been working to reach an important goal: the end of blood feuds’ phenomenon through reconciliation and forgiveness paths.