Albania has passed legislation that gives victims of the country's former Communist regime access to the previously classified files of the hated Sigurimi secret police.

The law that was approved Thursday with an 84-22 majority also stipulates that former Sigurimi members will be excluded from the civil service and public office in the future. But those currently holding such positions will not be sacked.

Albania's isolationist Communist regime governed from 1944 until 1990, when it was toppled following student protests.

The regime executed some 7,000 political opponents and about 100,000 Albanians were brought to forced labor or internment camps.