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Among other things, the survey intends to make thorough analysis of perceptions, needs and issues of trans and intersex people.
The survey is available in all official languages of the region and can be filled in by all types of browsers as well as devices such as desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones.
93.000 people responded to the survey which unfortunately did not include the Western Balkans.
As the survey was already conducted in 2012 in Croatia and Slovenia it will - among other things - provide the opportunity to measure in detail the progress – or regress – both countries might have gone through.
According to Xheni Karaj and Kristi Pinderi, leaders of these organizations, the LGBT community "has lost its trust in the institution due to its slow work, raise of the deliberate bureaucratic impediments and its prolonged process of investigation without providing an explanation or an substantial argument".
They argued that out of 9 cases linked to the discrimination of LGBT people directly or through hate speech, only 1 case has been concluded by this institution.
Meanwhile, the National Democratic Institute's Regional Poll conducted in 2015, in the other 6 countries, of the region will provide opportunities for comparison.
The research is supported by the World Bank and is being implemented by IPSOS Strategic Marketing, the Williams Institute UCLA and ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for the Western Balkans and Turkey.
The EU Delegation in Tirana, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and ILGA Europe, the local and international media covered and condemned this statement, even the Prime Minister Sali Berisha condemned it publicly, but the Commissioner failed to follow up the case.
On the Albanian Parliament unanimously amended the criminal code and put hate crimes against sexual orientation and gender identity on par with an offense against gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, disability and so on.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Albania may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents although they are protected under a comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation.
Both male and female same-gender sexual activities are legal in Albania since 1995, but households headed by same-gender couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-gender couples.
Albania is one of only few European countries to explicitly ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity.