Inauguration of the division for combating torture at the general prosecutor’s office
Chisinau, 29 July 2011 – On the occasion of the newly refurbished Division for Combating Torture at the General Prosecutor’s Office, the inauguration ceremony took place today in Chisinau, Moldova. The new premises have been refurbished with the financial support of the Joint Programme between the Council of Europe and the European Union “Democracy Support Programme in Moldova”. The Joint Programme supported the Division with both refurbishment of the premises and the purchase of necessary equipments.
Mr. Valeriu Zubco, General Prosecutor, Mr. Dirk Lorenz, Political Officer of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova and Mr. Ulvi Akhundlu, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Chisinau participated at the ceremony of inauguration. The Division for Combating Torture of the General Prosecutor’s Office has been established as a result of the decision of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova to reinforce the role of the Public Prosecution System in conducting investigations of allegations of torture and ill-treatment.
Round table to discuss the draft law on police and police status and draft law on carabineers
Chisinau, 28-29 July 2011 - The Joint Programme between the Council of Europe and the European Union “Democracy Support Programme in Moldova” in co-operation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Republic of Moldova organized a round table on Council of Europe experts’ assessment of the draft Law on police and police status and draft Law on carabineers.
Harmonisation of the Moldovan legal framework to European and international standards - by drafting legislative acts that regulate the police and carabineers activity (the Law on Police and the Law on Carabineers) is one of the main principles in the Reform Concept of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova.
EU funded project supported the elaboration of the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual new webpage
Chisinau, 25 July 2011 – The Coordinating Council of Audiovisual (CCA) of the Republic of Moldova launched today its improved official webpage www.cca.md, redesigned to ensure transparency on the mission and activities of the institution. The site is elaborated with the support of the Joint Programme between Council of Europe and European Union “Democracy Support Programme in Moldova”.
Ms. Eridana Çano, Programme Manager of “Democracy Support Programme” stated that “…during its course of implementation, the Joint Programme has aimed at promoting freedom and pluralism of the media in Moldova, in particular through advancing the independence of CCA, an important actor and the national broadcasting regulatory authority.”
Improvement of the draft Code of Ethics for prosecutors of the Republic of Moldova
In the framework of the EU-funded and Council of Europe-implemented “Democracy Support Programme in Moldova”, a seminar on the draft Code of Ethics for Prosecutors of the Republic of Moldova was organised, on 27 July 2011, in Chisinau, Moldova.
The seminar was aimed at having an interactive discussion on the particular provisions of the Code of Ethics in the light of the opinions and recommendations submitted to the General Prosecutor’s Office by the Council of Europe expert and at formulating concrete proposals as to the improvement of the Code and bringing it in line with the European standards. Participants made an analysis of the draft Code in an article-by-article manner, paying particular attention to the most important issues of the Code such as ethical principles of prosecutors, disciplinary responsibility of prosecutors, commitment to human rights etc., as well as the inclusion of several provisions which are missing.
The promotion of the rights of the persons with disabilities in Moldova and the European standards applied
The Joint Programme between the Council of Europe and the European Union “Democracy Support Programme in Moldova” in collaboration with Centre for Human Rights in Moldova and “Humanitas” Association organised a roundtable on “Strategies of the new policy on persons with disabilities” which was held on 11 July 2011 in Chisinau, Moldova.
This event is part of a series of activities dedicated to promotion of rights of persons with disabilities that will be taking place not only in the capital by also in other cities during the month of July 2011. The aim of this activity was to enable a wide range of actors to discuss with CoE experts coming from the Greek Ombudsman Institution, on different aspects of prioritisation of the national policy on prevention of exclusion of persons with disabilities. The participants have discussed topics such as: partnership’s role in promoting human rights for persons with disabilities and their families; necessary actions for improvement of situations of persons with mental disabilities and their families; measures and recommendations on national and European level concerning combating the poverty of persons with mental disabilities and their families; role of NGOs in promoting and implementing the policies on prevention of social exclusion and others.