The UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) whose mandates did not extend into Albania, previously investigated the allegations of organ harvesting contained in the Marty report and concluded that there was insufficient evidence to pursue a criminal case.
The EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) War Crimes Unit maintained an open but inactive investigation into the organ trafficking allegations.
Discrimination against women, children, homosexual persons, and minorities were problems. RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS Section 1 Respect for the Integrity of the Person, Including Freedom From: a.
Arbitrary or Unlawful Deprivation of Life There were no reports that the government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings.
The killings of two political figures--Socialist Party Member of Parliament Fatmir Xhindi and a Christian Democrat leader, Alex Keka--were under investigation and remained unresolved at year's end.
On December 12, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (COE) released COE rapporteur Dick Marty's report on allegations concerning inhuman treatment of persons and illicit trafficking in human organs.
In its report on the visit, the CPT noted credible allegations of physical mistreatment, at times severe, mostly during police questioning.
According to NGOs, fear of blood feud reprisals effectively imprisoned approximately 1,490 families their homes.
-Verbal agreements are valued over contracts -It is best not to be too precise when it comes to contracts and agreements, and to leave space for some gray zones -Albanians can be seen as pessimistic and negative when doing business -Do not show anger or frustration when negotiating Taboos: -Never interrupt or contradict an Albanian elder -Never criticize elders in public -It is advised not to talk about Albanian politics, communism or religion in public.
The Republic of Albania is a parliamentary democracy with a population of approximately three million.
The report alleged that most of those held--ethnic Albanians and Serbs whom the KLA believed to be collaborators--were presumed to have been killed.
According to the report, first-hand sources credibly implicated five members of the "Drenica Group" within the KLA in having ordered, and in some cases personally overseen, killings, detentions, beatings, and interrogations in the context of KLA-led operations on the territory of Albania between 19.