On 10 February, the Presence in Albania presented a report assessing the current state of the blood feud phenomenon in Albania to OSCE participating States’ Ambassadors in Tirana, as well as to representatives of several Albanian institutions dealing with this phenomenon. Although blood feud is criminalised in Albania and bears stiff penalties, there is no legal definition of blood feud, making it challenging to investigate and prosecute.This absence of definition creates also problems in gathering statistics.
The report assessed data gathered by the Presence in Albania from a variety of sources, in order to get a sense of the extent of the phenomenon. The presentation also highlighted some features of blood feud-related asylum claims, which are a source of concern for some OSCE participating States, and presented the efforts of Albanian authorities to address this issue. The Presence in Albania proposed recommendations based on its assessment of the situation, to address blood feud and its consequences in line with Albanian law, international norms, and OSCE commitments.