In practice, Albania does not recognize the existence of Yugoslav national minorities. The 1989 Albanian census officially "established" that ONE HUNDRED Serbs and Montenegrins lived in Albania, which is a "statistical genocide
" of sorts testifying to the policy aimed at drastically reducing the number of members of Yugoslav national minorities in Albania.
Albania's double standard policy towards the minority question is evinced by its attempt to internationalize the question of the status of the Albanian minority in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and its continued encouragement of separatism in the Yugoslav Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija, while it continues to deny the existence of Yugoslav national minorities in Albania and of their basic human rights and fundamental freedoms.
2. The members of Yugoslav national minorities in Albania are denied the possibility to use their mother tongue in education, culture, information, publishing activities and in proceedings before State organs.
There are no elementary and secondary schools in Albania with Serbian as the language of tuition
in which Yugoslav minorities' children would be taught the history, culture, customs, traditions and life of their mother nation. On 10 February 1991, the Association of Serbs and Montenegrins "Suzivot i Sloga" ("Coexistence and Harmony") submitted a request to the Albanian Ministry of Education for a Serbian school at Vraka, but received no official reply. The request was justified also in view of the fact that the Serbian population in the Albanian territory had had one of the oldest schools in the Balkans established in Shkoder in 1828, much before the Albanian State itself was established in 1912, and closed down by the Albanian authorities in 1933.
There are no publications, newspapers or television programmes in Serbian in Albania. There is no library with books and publications from Yugoslavia. Serbian is not in official use in any of the municipalities in which members of the Yugoslav national minorities live.
The only exception is the 15-minute propaganda programme broadcast in Serbian twice a day by Radio Tirana for foreign listeners. The same programme is broadcast also in other languages (English, French, Italian, Greek, Turkish, etc.) and is not intended to inform Yugoslav national minorities in Albania.
3. Ever since 1945, the Yugoslav national minorities have been the target of continued assimilation, denationalization and resettlement and deprived of the possibility to freely express their national, ethnic and cultural identity.