On March 25, 2022, the Institute for Activism organized the 8th multi agency Forum on Preventing Radicalism in Prisons of Albania. Considering the big impact of the multi-agency forums all over the country, IANS, DGAP and CVE Centre after preliminary discussions, decided to use this final event to present program outcomes, expand participation with the participants from central government authorities, high representation from the Council of Europe and European Union Delegation, DGAP and ASP. This Closing event brought 45 participants: 15 representatives from DGAP and prisons of Peqini, Fushe-Kruja, Burreli, Ali Demi, Mine Peza, Korca, Lezha; 5 from ASP and Tirana Regional Directorate, 3 from Tirana Municipality and 1 from Municipality of Cerriku, high representatives from 3 CoE, 1 from OSCE, 2 from the CVE Centre, 1 from Albanian NPM and 1 from the Commissioner against discrimination, 2 from universities, 5 from NGO sector. Discussions were moderated by Erion Kristo a well-known journalist. Preliminary questions were prepared to discuss in order to facilitate and provide opportunity for all actors to participate in discussions.
The forum was organized with two panels: the first Panel included high representatives from key stakeholders and program partners, such as the deputy Minister of Justice, the Head of CoE Office, Director of the CVE Centre, Deputy Director of DGPA, Deputy Director of the Albanian State Police. Special address was made from the EU Delegation in Tirana, as an important actor and donor of the national and regional programs dedicated to P/CVE.
The overall messages were dedicated to cooperation, partnership and common challenges to be addressed in terms of sustainable programs, and involvement of a multi-agency approach.
The second Panel included presentations from CoE regional and national programs, current developments in the penitentiary system with regards to rehabilitation and reintegration programs as well as some good practices that were implemented in Albania dealing with returned families from conflict zones. Particular attention was given to the role of national human rights institutions and their human rights approach towards treatment of the convicted persons for terrorism related criminal acts.