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Albania: Treatment of members of the Gay Albania Society by the general population and by the authorities; number of members by gender; whether the society issues membership cards, and if so, whether the cards are signed by a party official; description of membership cards; whether the society holds meetings and, if so, in which Albanian cities (2003-2004)

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 27 January 2004
Citation / Document Symbol ALB42235.E
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Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Albania: Treatment of members of the Gay Albania Society by the general population and by the authorities; number of members by gender; whether the society issues membership cards, and if so, whether the cards are signed by a party official; description of membership cards; whether the society holds meetings and, if so, in which Albanian cities (2003-2004), 27 January 2004, ALB42235.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/403dd1e08.html [accessed 1 October 2014]
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Besides the April 2001 police assault of the Secretary-General of the Gay Albania Society and a friend who was a transvestite outside the barracks of the Republic Guards, any more recent incidents related to the treatment of members of the Gay Albania Society could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate (AI 1 Sept. 2001; UN Oct. 2003).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

Amnesty International (AI). 1 September 2001. Concern in Europe: January - June 2001. "Albania". [Accessed 26 Jan. 2004]

United Nations. October 2003. For the Record 2002. "Albania". Prepared by the Special Rapporteur on Torture. [Accessed 23 Dec. 2003]

Additional Sources Consulted

IRB Databases

International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA)

Unsuccessful attempts to contact the Gay Albania Society

Internet Sites, including:

Ananova

BBC

CNN

Freedom House

Human Rights Watch

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

UK Home Office Country Information

US Department of State

Search Engine:

Google

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