Human rights defenders from the region gathered today in Tirana in a two-day capacity-building workshop organized by the Albanian Helsinki Committee and the Organisation internationalede la Francophonie (OIF). The event aims to enhance the skills of human rights defenders in the region and promote a safe environment for their work. The OSCE Presence supports this activity as part of its long-term commitment to promote and protect human rights and rule of law in Albania. Deputy Head of Presence Robert Wilton participated in the event.
The crucial role of human rights defenders is part of the wider framework of actors and instruments providing oversight and criticism to government in any healthy democracy. Governments are better when opposition is better. Governments are more effective, more correct, more attentive to the interests of the nation when they are subject to continuous effective oversight and criticism from legitimate institutional and societal actors. That starts in parliament, particularly in parliamentary committees. Oversight and criticism also involve independent institutions such as the People’s Advocate and equivalents, media, the judiciary and civil society. The OSCE will continue to encourage and support the legitimate elements of Albanian democracy to give stronger oversight of the government.