Establishing and Assisting Democratic Institutions
The Case of Albania [Preliminary edition]
By Hans Henrik Brydensholt
Speech on the Conference of Ombudsmen, 1st April 2005
Miqësia er albansk og betyder venskab
To develop and strength the civil society is an important part of establishing democracy, and the mediation model chosen by the institution in Albania is an important contribution in this matter. Recruitment of local lay mediators contributes to a strengthening of an active local community which is able to handle its conflicts in a constructive way.Albania has since the shift in regime in 1991 been a society with tension between various parts of the population. The attitude has been: either are you with us or you are against us. This attitude is reflected also in the media.
The way AFCR is organized contributes to establish and strength the relations with various local authorities. This gives increased awareness of on what creates conflicts and what contributes to solve them. Land is a well known area for conflicts in the Albanian society ... Conflicts in families - violence against women and children - are another big social problem. Such conflicts are examples of situations, where several instances need to work together in order to reach trustfully, lasting solutions. ... Through its role as facilitator for solving conflicts, AFCR creates more awareness and consciousness regarding important problems in the Society at large ... AFCR's mediation activity is able to bring the actual parties in a conflict and others with responsibilities in the field closer together, aiming also of finding long-sighted strategies for the solving of general problems for the society.