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Delegation from the Czech Institute for Study of Totalitarian Regimes visited Albania

(This article expired 31.12.2015.)

The Director of the Institute Zdeněk Hazdra, the Director of the Archive of Security Services Světlana Ptáčníková and Archivist Hynek Zlatník visited Albania on April 13 – 16, 2015.

The aim of their visit was to inform Albanian institutions and public about the Czech experience how to acknowledge totalitarian past, with the Czech legislation on the topic, its development and implementation, to introduce work of the Czech Institute for Study of Totalitarian Regimes and of the Archive of Security Services.

During its stay the Czech delegation has met with the Minister of Social Welfare and Youth Erion Veliaj, Minister of Culture Mirela Kumbaro, with Albanian MPs from the Sub-Committee for Human Rights of the Legislative Committee of the Parliament and with MPs from the Committee for Security. They also met the Director General of the state Institute of Integration of Ex-Politically Persecuted Bilal Kola, sponsors of the so called “lustration law” and many others who contribute through their initiatives in the endeavour to tackle the totalitarian past in Albania.

The Czech experts delivered lectures on April 15, 2015 in the prestigious Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS). Members of the diplomatic corps, government institutions, members of the Parliament, students, representatives of NGOs and media were in the audience. It was the first of the series of talks “Dealing with the Past”, planned by the AIIS for the whole year of 2015.

The Czech delegation also visited city of Shkodra, where they together with the Mayor of Shkodra Lorenc Luka visited the local Museum of Totality established through the initiative of the local municipality. In Tirana, the experts walked around the exposition Bunkart which was installed in the premises of an antinuclear bunker from the Enver Hoxha´s times.

It is expected that the fruitful meetings will lead to further cooperation.

Meeting with the Minister Veliaj

Meeting with the Minister Veliaj

Meeting with the Minister Kumbaro

Meeting with the Minister Kumbaro