Update to ALB29810.E of 20 August 1998 on whether soldiers or military conscripts are being prosecuted for deserting during the March 1997 events (1997 to present) [ALB34422.E]

In a correspondence dated 25 May 2000, the Executive Director of the Albanian Helsinki Committee in Tirana stated that no case of state prosecution of military deserters related to the 1997 events in Albania has been reported.

No further information on state prosecution of military deserters could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

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.


Albanian Helsinki Committee, Tirana. 25 May 2000. Correspondence with Executive Director

Additional Sources Consulted

IRB databases



Internet sources, including:

Amnesty International

Country Reports 1999

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)

War Resisters International (WRI)

World News Connection (WNC)