REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA
THE COMMITTEE OF NATIONWIDE RECONCILIATION
Address: Rr. "M. Muça" Pall. 46 Ap. 23 Tirana, Albania
Tel & Fax: 00355 42 263 126. Tel 00 355 42 259 124, Mobil: 00355 68 27 37 989 / 00 355 69 32 38 786
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
www.pajtimi.com / www.reconciliation-al.com
R E Q U E S T
To His Holiness Pope Francis/ The Holy See, Vatican Rome
On Monday, 7, 2014
For exposition and consideration:
European Court of Human Rights
European Parliament and European Commission
General Assembly of the United Nations
Prime Ministers of member countries of the United Nations
Dearest Holy Father,
The reconciliation and peace missionaries of Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro send you the heartiest thanks for your planned visit in Albania in September.
All Albanians, Muslim or Christian, follow dearly your Holiness messages because Albanian families celebrate together all religious holidays, like Christmas, Ramadan and Easter. On the Christmas Eve of 2013, the Saint Paul Cathedral in Tirana was filled with Muslims from all the regions of Albania. That day the Imam of Prizren held a speech in the Cathedral that was received with respect and love by everyone present. Albanians, as one of the founding peoples of Christianity, have cultivated in their traditions the love for other peoples cultures, races and religions and the respect for human rights and freedoms. These values are saved also as an obligation toward their ancient constitution, Kanun, that together with the language, Illyrian origin and Epos make valuable assets for the heritage of Europe.
With a high sense of obligation, we are humbly and kindly presenting your Holiness a sincere exhibit of the real situation of Albania and Albanians and our determined request for the help of the Holy See in the rebuilding of this nation.
Unfortunately this people is suffering under a long and hard transition, in the same way it has suffered throughout its history from the attacks that wanted to alter its identity as a nation and as a territory. The Mediterranean geographical position of Albania, together with its nature, relief, climate, fauna, waters and underground resources create the conditions for a comfortable life and a wealthy state, but the Albanian families and their state remain in extreme poverty because all of their sources of wealth like banks and manufacturing, underground resources, waters, electrical energy, telecommunication etc. are in the hands of foreign operators that inhumanely exploit them as they do with the poor population.
As you know Holy Father 100 years ago the prosperous Albanian territories were divided in five states because this served the interest of the great powers and leading countries of Europe. On the face of this injustice Albanians have humbly worked to build peace in the states that they were places, without raising their voice about the sufferings and the damage done to them. Even the Albanians of Ēamėria, who were violently ousted from their lands through genocide, only peacefully ask for the resolution of their right to land ownership in the framework of European institutions without any territorial claim. It would honorable of the western countries and great powers to realistically assess the situation and the stance of Albanians, for fulfilling a moral obligation toward them. At the least, this obligation should have been reflected in investments in infrastructure, education, health care, environment, agriculture and tourisms in all four countries where Albanians live. Investments for the recovery of Albanian territories, are in favor of European countries that need the Albanian coast of Adriatic and the climate of the mountains known for very generous and hospitality people. This behavior toward Albanians becomes quite unacceptable, when their Greek neighbors that spent 400 milliards of Euros granted by EU, received hundreds of others, while Albanian government has not been granted even 1 milliard to pay its debt.
Another painful aspect of this difficult situation that Albanians are going through in these 25 years of transition is conflict and self-justice caused by the lack of efficient institutions of rule of law. The families involved in these different enmities have lead to murders and self-isolations that do not only violate the law but also the Kanun that condemns such acts. We have been working for the resolution of conflicts through reconciliation and agreement and in the majority of the cases peace was established, however the families that do not find justice and have not reconciled always end up committing murders and causing innocent victims. Shady structures of organized crime and terrorism have continuously worked against our efforts in reconciliation process and the strategy of the Committee of Nationwide Reconciliation for disseminating the culture of law and life.
The majority of the western countries have helped us by protecting the families involved in blood feuds and granting them asylum rights, but because of the political decision of the acceptance of Albania in EU, Albania is considered a safe country and Albanian families that seek asylum are facing refusal, even though the number of these families is very small, completely negligible when compared to the number of emigrants from other countries that are offered asylum. The western media have broadcasted several times tragic cases of Albanian parents and children jumping off buildings, in the sea or under the trains, as soon as they got the news of their deportation. In these 25 years of transition, thousands of Albanian citizens have lost their lives in their clandestine journey in search of a safer and better life in the western countries.
Holy Father, we bring at your attention the case of one of these Albanian families that have been deported in the recent days from Sweden, Gjon and Valentina Mhilli and their three children, seven year old Gjovana and her two brothers, Klevis and Jozef Mhilli, 13 and 15 years old respectively. After the deportation they remain isolated in a dark room in the North of Albania, where only one little beacon of light permeates through and falls on the portrait of Jesus Christ that is hung on the wall of the poverty-stricken room. Gjovanas parents are unable to make any money to buy food for their children or the necessary medicine that they take for diabetes and other sicknesses caused by a life of 22 years in self-isolation. Gjon got married when he was in isolation and his children were born and raised in isolation as well. We have helped them in surviving starvation, but our reconciliation committee does not have the necessary funds to support all these families. Our daily work for the protection of these families inside and outside Albania is voluntary and is not supported by donors or the fragile Albanian state, for which it is impossible to take the families in enmities and blood feud under protection.
Like little Gjovana, there are tens and hundreds children and youth from the families of Admir Tafili, Kol Gjergji, Manushaqe Haxhia, Irena Mandrea, Melita Ziza etc. The son of Melita Ziza, who was refused the right to asylum, was killed two weeks ago, while he was in self-isolation in a suburb of Tirana, even though he had asked several times for protection from the state institutions, ombudsman and international organizations. Also, one day after deportation a 15-year-old minor, Fitim Krasniqi, was murdered in the schoolyard while he was greeting his childhood friends that he had not seen in a long time. Two months ago, on the eve of Easter, 39 year old Gentian Peta, that was being deported after living for three years in the west, desperately jumps from the ferry in front of tens of witnesses and is lost in the sea. In the most northern corner of the country Gjovalin Prenga, who was the only one of his family for which reconciliation and pardon could not be reached, remains isolated and so does Bardhok Kola together with his two minor daughters. Bardhok Kola together with hundreds of other Albanian families in the western countries was unjustly imprisoned for 4 months so that his three-month stay period and Shengen movement right would expire. This method is being applied since three or four years now and it follows the repeated actions of the officers of western countries in the beginning of the transition period that would tear the Albanian passports and throw them in the ground or sea in a demeaning way and deporting them together with their wives and children. These actions, disgraceful for the western civilization, were often influenced by the media, which was paid for mudslinging Albanians, even though the majority of the ones that immigrated were family oriented, hardworking and grateful workers for the country that accepted them.
Dearest Pope Francis,
The new Albanian government is making efforts to pull the country out of this difficult situation but this will be impossible without the concrete help of Europe. Albanians are grateful for life to the Holy See and the United States of America that protected them 100 years ago when their territories were being divided and their existence as a nation was at play, and that is why we are most humbly asking you to once again engage the Holy See as an advocate of this people in front of the western countries and great powers, so that they fulfill the obligations toward the peaceful and humble Albanians.
On behalf of the reconciliation and peace missionaries I wholeheartedly welcome your Holiness.
Respectfully and filled with admiration and hope,
Chairman of Committee of Nationwide Reconciliation.
Chairman of Committee of Nationwide Reconciliation.