During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
SR on contemporary forms of slavery, 2014
Albania tabled ‘voluntary pledges and commitments’ in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2015-2017 on 19 March 2014. The document presents Albania’s international level and national level commitments and pledges for its membership term.
At national level, Albania committed to: legislative reform to ensure compliance with international instruments; promote dialogue between the Government and civil society; improving integration of human rights in decision-making process and policy implementation; reform of the judiciary; combat violence against women and girls; and promote and protect the rights of women and vulnerable groups.
Internationally, Albania pledged to: cooperate with the Council during the second cycle of the UPR; work with Special Procedures mandate-holders in implementing their recommendations and disseminating them; combat intolerance and discrimination; strengthen the UN human rights system infrastructure; promote gender equality and the rights of vulnerable groups; and work towards a human rights perspective in the post-2015 development agenda.
An analysis of steps taken by Albania in fulfillment of its international pledges shows that its participation at the Council is minimal, having engaged in only 13% of panel discussions, 14% of interactive dialogues and 24% of general debates. Nor did Albania engage fully with the UPR. It did not submit a mid-term report on the implementation of recommendations, and (during the first cycle) only participated in the reviews of 12 other countries. Albania did, however, cooperate with Special Procedures, accepting 6 out of 10 visit requests.