Shaqir Shabani was born on July 18, 1944 in Gjylekare, Kosovo, an area which is now known by the name Skifteraj. His family and tribe are known for loving education and patriotism. Shaqir also grew with this spirit and he was only 10 years old when he reacted in his own way against dictatorial structures.
After participating in the demonstrations of 1968 in Ferizaj, Shaqiri decided to go to Albania with the noble goal of a genuine organization for the liberation of Kosovo but, upon entering mother land of Albania, he ended up in jail for 11 months and was interned for 13 months by the Albanian communist regime. Immediately after his release from the Albanian communist jails, having no patriotic perspective in Albania, he returned to his family in Kosovo and he moved to Ferizaj to stay closer to patriotic intellectuals.
In the period 1970-1980 he was constantly on the move thinking and acting in different ways both legal and illegal for the construction of a strategy to counter the communist regime which led Kosovo. In the same period in ’70 -’80, Shaqir made efforts to get educated. He finished the elementary school in Pozheran, Viti, then he continued the administrative high school in Mitrovica, and finished by registering in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pristine.
His activity, wherever he has lived and worked in Kosovo and in immigration, has been focused on the formation of the Albanian clubs and organizing Albanian national and cultural activities. Shaqir’s contributions in these activities were enormous, starting from the financial ones, a person who merged all his wealth in favor of the national cause.
In Lyon, France where he currently lives, he has founded the Cultural Association “Rugova” through which he conducted numerous cultural and charity activities. Later he established the sub-branch of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) in Lyon, France and was elected its chairman. He has conducted a compact activity within the structures of LDK and is known as an ardent sympathizer and courageous militant.
After 19 years, he goes back to Kosovo and settles in Bibaj, Ferizaj. He opens immediately the sub-branch of LDK for Bibaj village, Women’s Forum of LDK, contributed to the victory of LDK in Ferizaj and continues to be its tireless activist.
In 2015, the chairman of the LDK branch in Ferizaj, Mr. Muharrem Sfarqa gave him an acknowledgement for his contributions to Kosovo as an example to be followed.
Shaqiri has an association archive where one can find hundreds of letters sent to foreign and international diplomats of powerful states. Among others, it should be noted the communication with letters and powerful heads of state such as with Clinton, Blair and Sarkozy. So, he is a prominent intellectual of international dimensions, a rare activist who works passionately for the protection of human rights worldwide, a charitable man who never spares his support for the social classes in need, a personality who promotes the education and upbringing of young generations with the traditional culture of their countries and the culture of peace.
Shaqir Shabani is a born peace missionary, is a living legend in the service of social inter-community peace. Precisely for his unquestionable values, as a personality that works for world peace, the International Organization Diplomatic Mission Peace and Prosperity, accredited to the UN, USA, EU, etc., has honored him with the title of Peace Missionary in 2015 and Honorary Member of its global structures . As a Peace Missionary Shaqir was fully engaged with DMPP structures activists and partner organizations to realize as many projects in the service of social peace in the Balkans and the world. Shaqir Shabani, as a Peace Missionary is particularly distinguished for his contributions to the realization of the project of placing the bust of Senator Clinton in Albania, Saranda and Kamza. Given the diplomatic, tireless and humanitarian activity and based on the basic principles of the United Nations Organization and principles of American democracy, with the proposal of DMPP, the Academy of Universal Global Peace has awarded him the title Doctor Honoris Causa in International Diplomacy and Humanity.