Ceremony in Strasbourg to mark the 60th Anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights
Date: 19 October 2010
Time: 10.00 - 12.45 - Ceremony
11.00 - Press conference with Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Place: Council of Europe, Hemicycle of the Palais de l´Europe, Strasbourg
Description: The Council of Europe is holding a ceremony to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights, which was opened for signature by member states on 4 November 1950 in Rome. The Convention today upholds the human rights of 800 million Europeans in 47 states.
The keynote speech will be given by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations. Statements will be made by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, Gjorgje Ivanov, President of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” on behalf of the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, and Jean-Paul Costa, President of the European Court of Human Rights. After the statements, a short film on the Convention will be screened and there will be a musical performance by Barbara Hendricks.
On 5-6 October Council of Europe organised a seminar within the Civil Society Confidence Building Programme for Moldova and Transnitria.
A seminar on “Cross River Communication and Cooperation” was organised within the “civil society” component of the Council of Europe programme on confidence building measures for the two banks of the river Nistru/Dniestr in Istanbul, Turkey.
The main theme of the seminar was to improve cross river communication and cooperation in the field of social protection and youth issues. An additional objective of the seminar was to encourage improved communication between civil society organisations and their respective local public administrations.
The seminar embodied the participation of 22 civil society NGOs (with 11 from each bank), working in the social field in different regions on two banks of the river, and 8 representatives of local public administrations from the respective regions (5 from the right bank and 3 from the left bank of the river). All participants manifested intense exchange of experience during the seminar. Also the Council of Europe programme organised relevant training for the participants.
Democracy Support Programme in Moldova in cooperation with the National Institute of Justice organises training-of-trainers on torture prevention
Chisinau, 27 September 2010 – The standards for prevention and combatting ill-treatment and impunity are the focus of a training - of - trainers (ToT), organised in the framework of the Democracy Support Programme in Moldova, a joint initiative between the European Union and the Council of Europe in cooperation with the National Institute of Justice.
A five-day event, which commenced today, brings together some 30 judges, police officers and prosecutors to create a core group of national trainers on the European Court of Human Rights and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture standards for combating ill-treatment and impunity that will subsequently provide cascade seminars to their peers.
Moldovan parliament delegation on a study visit to European Parliament
Chisinau, 1 October 2010 – A twelve strong delegation of the Moldovan Parliament was in Brussels on 28 and 29 September on a study visit to the European Parliament.
The objective of this visit was to provide the Moldovan officials with information on the organisation and functioning of the Committees in the European Parliament, their relevance for the legislative and oversight process and their role in the policy shaping of the EU.
The relationship between permanent parliamentary staff, political group staff and parliamentary assistants as well as planning, communication and coordination issues were also debated during the study visit.
The European Day of Languages (EDL) was first celebrated in 2001 during the European Year of Languages. At the end of this campaign the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers decided to make EDL an annual event, to be celebrated each 26 September. Every year, millions of people in the Council's member states and elsewhere organise or take part in activities to promote linguistic diversity and the ability to speak other languages.
The general aim is to draw attention to Europe's rich linguistic and cultural diversity, which has to be encouraged and maintained, but also to extend the range of languages that people learn throughout their lives in order to develop their plurilingual skills and reinforce intercultural understanding. EDL is an opportunity to celebrate all of Europe's languages, including those that are less widely spoken and the languages of migrants.