During the past days, in Italy, Blood Feuds have been a topic of discussion due to a report broadcasted by the Italian tv show “le Iene”. Without going into the details of the report, Operazione Colomba wants to take the chance to appeal to the Albanian institutions and civil society so that they urgently cope with this social issue.
For years, Operazione Colomba volunteers and other local associations have been asking for the application of the law n. 9389 of 4/5/2005, which foresees the creation and the functioning of a Coordination Council for the eradication of the Blood Feuds phenomenon.
In this regard, in order to carry on with the ongoing awareness-raising action against this phenomenon, Operazione Colomba invites everyone to join the campaign #KundërGjakmarrjes (against Blood Feuds), which promotes the application of restorative justice and non˗violent means to tackle this phenomenon.
We thank the institution of the People’s Advocate (Ombudsman) for publishing on the website avokatipopullit.gov.al our three-year report “Descriptive document on the phenomenon of ‘hakmarrja’ and ‘gjakmarrja’ to raise awareness among Albanian and international institutions – III edition -“. For us, the collaboration with this important institution is strategic in order to safeguard the fundamental rights of the people affected by the phenomenon of blood feuds.
The report is available in English here.
Even BBC of blood feuds. It is important to talk about it, to inform and to lobby institutions, so that they cooperate with civil society to eradicate this plague from Albania. Volunteers of Operazione Colomba support involved families and try to advocate for this change.
Read the article on the BBC website
THE BELGIAN REPORT ABOUT BLOOD FEUDS DRAFTED BY THE OFFICE FOR REFUGEES AND STATELESS PERSONS IN BELGIUM
In 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…)
Operazione Colomba supports #UNËJAMILIRË, the awareness campaign against blood feuds. Since 2010 Operazione Colomba is present in Albania to help involved families to live free from the burden of the blood feud.