International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Strasbourg, 16.05.2013 – On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) Secretary General Jagland called on Member States to fight discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Hate crime motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity is a violation of basic human rights. Europeans must safeguard the right to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly. Some member states still lack laws to explicitly or implicitly prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. I encourage them to work with the Council of Europe to make progress so that Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender persons can fully enjoy their human rights,” Secretary General Jagland said.
Secretary General concerned over political situation in Moldova
Strasbourg, 6 May 2013 - Reacting to the recent political crisis in Moldova, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland published the following statement: "I am following the developments in Moldova with concern. In the last few days the Moldovan Parliament has amended a number of laws fundamentally affecting the political system of the country. The laws on the constitutional court, the electoral legislation, the functioning of the Government and the functioning of the law-enforcement structures have been changed, sometimes repeatedly, without proper consultations. These amendments and the way they have been enacted risk to undermine the independence and the balance of institutions. The most recent amendments affecting the Constitutional court are of particular concern, as the proposed provisions seem to be in contradiction with the Moldovan Constitution, as well as with European standards on constitutional justice.
I learned today about the adoption, at first reading, of the draft amendment to the Law on the Constitutional Court of Moldova. According to this amendment, Parliament may remove judges of the Constitutional Court by a 3/5 vote of its members if the judges do not have Parliament’s “trust”.
Such a provision is in clear contradiction with European Standards on constitutional justice and is a clear violation of Article 137 of the Constitution of Moldova. A constitutional court has the task of controlling the work of Parliament. Subjecting its judges to the need of being “trusted” by Parliament is in evident contradiction with the very purpose of a constitutional court.
Conference on cooperation models between media professionals in post-conflict regions organised by the Council of Europe
CHISINAU, 25 April 2013 – The journalists from both banks of Nistru/Dnestr river discussed the best international and local cooperation models in the field of the media in post-conflict regions during a conference organised in the framework of the Council of Europe Programme “Confidence-building measures across the river Nistru/Dniester” with support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
The conference brought together about 30 media professionals from both sides of Nistru/Dnestr river, including the heads of the regional official media of Transnistrian region. The participants were challenged to have an open mind, to break stereotypes and to establish fruitful cooperation.