Council of Europe and Austrian Development Cooperation promote confidence across the river Nistru/Dniester in the media and civil society fields
CHISINAU, 12 December 2013 – The Council of Europe is expanding its actions in the field of media and civil society in the “Confidence Building Measures across the river Nistru/Dniester” Programme, with financial support from the Austrian Development Cooperation.
The purpose of this project is to establish an on-going dialogue between civil society, media and decision makers on both sides of the river Nistru/Dniester, and increase awareness of European and international standards in the region. With a total budget of 450,000 Euros, provided by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the project is expected to run until September 2014.
Council of Europe conference to discuss participation of women in decision making in the Eastern Partnership countries
Strasbourg/Chisinau, 10.12.2013 - The Council of Europe, in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova and with the financial support of the European Union, is organising a conference on “Participation of Women in Public and Political Life in the Eastern Partnership countries” in Chisinau on 10 December, which is Human Rights Day.
Over 100 participants’ MPs, representatives of central public institutions, central election commissions and NGOs from these countries will meet to exchange experience in promoting gender equality as well as to identify new actions aimed at strengthening skills and resources of women competing for electoral office. Furthermore, the possibility for the establishment of a regional peer-to-peer mechanism to monitor women participation in decision making and election processes will be considered during the conference.
Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission publishes new report on the Republic of Moldova
Fourth report on the Republic of Moldova [en] - [fr] - [md]
Strasbourg, 15.10.2013 – The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published its fourth report on the Republic of Moldova. ECRI’s Chair, Ms Eva Smith, said that, despite the progress achieved, some issues continue to give rise to concern, including the lack of coherent statistical data on racism and racial discrimination and the reluctance of the police to register complaints in this area.
Parliament has passed the Law on Equal Opportunities and set up the Council to Prevent and Combat Discrimination and Ensure Equality; a reform of the Ombudsman institution is planned; the Action Plan for Roma has received an initial funding allocation and work to implement it is progressing; and several minority religious groups have been registered under the Law on Freedom of Conscience, Thought and Religion.
Council of Europe and European Union start training Moldovan lawyers and human rights defenders on European anti-discrimination standards
Chisinau, 30/10/2013 - The Council of Europe has launched training for trainers of Moldovan lawyers and human rights defenders in applying the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the Revised European Social Charter, looking in particular at anti-discrimination standards.
The first four-day training session in a series of three, will take place at the Summit Conference Center in Chisinau.
Thirty five lawyers and human rights defenders were selected for training via competition. These professionals will pass a final test at the end of the three sessions and thereafter form a pool of thirty five trainers, equipped with specific expertise in anti-discrimination law. They will pass on their knowledge to groups of lawyers and human rights defenders, training them to apply human rights standards in Moldovan cases. Moldova’s lawyers and human rights defenders will be better able to make well-founded applications to the European Court of Human Rights.
PACE to continue monitoring Republic of Moldova – but promises review if reforms are carried out
Strasbourg, 02.10.2013 – PACE decides to continue its monitoring of the Republic of Moldova – but says it will consider the possibility of moving to post-monitoring dialogue should expected reforms be carried out.
In a resolution based on a report by Lise Christoffersen (Norway, SOC) and Piotr Wach (Poland, EPP/CD), the Assembly acknowledged Moldova’s progress and continuous commitment to complying with Council of Europe standards, but pointed out that “a series of fundamental issues” still need to be addressed by the country.
The parliamentarians called for “a political culture that focuses on the separation of powers, respect for checks and balances, de-politicisation of the state institutions and law enforcement”, but also promoting human rights and countering discrimination.