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Periodic European Commission’s Progress Report on the situation of Albania

flag_of_europe-svgOn 9th November 2016 has been published the periodic European Commission’s Progress Report on the situation of Albania, which in 2014 acquired the candidate status to enter the European Union. The Report highlights a moderate progress in many areas, but particularly welcomes the enactment of new legislation aimed to the adjustment to the acquis communautaire; relevant improvements have been registered in the  justice system reform and in the exclusion of criminal offenders from public offices. The Commission criticizes the high number of unfounded asylum applications by Albanian citizens in EU members and Schengen area countries and ask Albania to take adequate measures to tackle the phenomenon. As regards to the blood feuds phenomenon, the Report deals with it in the context of the protection of the right to life; it recalls the Albanian Parliament Resolution on March 2015, underlining that the Coordination Council against blood feuds has to be reactivated (p. 63 – “As regards right to life, the March 2015 parliament resolution and recommendations on blood feuds still require follow up. The Coordination Council has to be reactivated”). To read the full report click here.

P/R Condemnation of the “blood feud” phenomenon and Call for justice

Call for justice

Operazione Colomba, nonviolent peace corps of the Association Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII, takes notes of the condemnation at 21 years of jail to Lazer Qukaj for the attempted murder on Nik Prroj and calls for justice for the murders of Kole and Marie Qukaj.

Operazione Colomba recognizes the commitment of the judicial institutions in fighting the “blood feud” phenomenon, through the application of the laws in force. It calls for justice in order to legally persecute the  perpetrators of Marie and Kole Qukaj’s murders.

The blood feud is often use as a form of private justice in cases where the legal one doesn’t reach its goal. Therefore, we call the System Justice to do its duty in order to encourage the end of hostilities between the Prrojs and Qukajs. (more…)

Forgiveness is good for me!

Forgiveness is good for me!

With these words begins the short text Anduela wrote after attending a meeting with Father Gianfranco Testa at the Catholic Community of Bardhaj. Thank you for the brave and deep words that have a particular weight in a context where conflicts still affect the lives of some families. Thanks Anduela for your rich testimony of hope: it is a wish full of peace for all! (more…)

No justice without forgiveness – Meeting with Father G. Testa

“No peace without justice, no justice without forgiveness.” Thursday, March 17, 2016, a meeting was held at the university “Luigj Gurakuqi” Scutari with Father Gianfranco Testa, founder of the University of Forgiveness. For a new conflict management, from those familiar to those on a global scale, it is essential to start talking about a pedagogy of forgiveness involving schools, universities, religious faiths, institutions and the whole civil society.


Operazione Colomba volunteers, interviewed by Shkodra TV1 Channel in the show ”Trokitje”, underlined the importance of certain elements to eliminate the phenomenon of blood feuds, such as: sharing the pain of the families on both sides of the conflict; awareness raising  of the youth and civil society; cooperation with local associations and institutions, on the national and international level.