Chisinau international conference examines best practices on strategic litigation and procedures before the European Court of Human Rights
17 December, 2014, Chisinau, Moldova - An international conference brought together representatives of bar associations, NGOs and experts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine on 16 and 17 December to discuss procedures before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the Revised European Social Charter and strategic litigation for human rights, and served as a forum for exchanging existing best practices.
”The joint programme EU/CoE is being implemented satisfactorily more than one year after its inception, with several hundred legal professionals trained in different aspects of the application of the European Convention on Human Rights. We hope that the impact on the local capacity to apply the Convention will be felt, both in terms of better guaranteeing fundamental rights at the domestic level and diminishing the work load of the European Court on Human Rights. It is an open ended process of capacity building in which the local Moldovan structures will ensure a leading role in the future”, said Jose Luis Herrero, Head of the Council of Europe Office.
Publishing of the media monitoring report on 30 November 2014 Parliamentary Election in the Republic of Moldova
[17-12-2014] - In the framework of the pre-electoral assistance programme ahead of parliamentary elections of 30 November 2014 in the Republic of Moldova, the Council of Europe provided capacity building to the Coordinated Council of Audio-visual.
Mr Marek Mracka, Council of Europe media expert was seconded for three weeks in total from October to November 2014 to train the staff of the CCA Monitoring Department and to ensure that the monitoring process of the election campaign is correct, equidistant and transparent.
MOLDOVA GETS NEW PROJECT ON INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
On 10 December 2014, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gariella Battaini-Dragoni and Ambassador Arnold De Fine Skibsted of Denmark signed a contract for the new project on “Support to criminal justice reforms in the Republic of Moldova”. The main objective of the project is to improve human rights protection and rule of law, including effective national implementation of European and international instruments, in Moldova, through the strengthening of key actors in relation to justice and vulnerable groups. It will last 36 months with a total budget of 2 million Euros.
The project team will be based in the Council of Europe Chisinau Office. The project will start from 1 January 2015.
[10-12-2014] - From 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2017, the Division of Electoral Assistance of the Council of Europe will implement a EU funded Electoral Assistance Programme: reforming electoral legislation and practice in the Eastern Partnership countries.
The programme aims at:
- Strengthening the capacities of EMBs in delivering trainings to electoral stakeholders;
- Increasing the capacities of domestic observers in monitoring elections and reporting violations;
- Increasing gender equality in politics;
- Enhancing civic and voter education of women, minorities and other disadvantaged groups.
DELEGATION FROM BOTH BANKS OF THE RIVER NISTRU/DNIESTER VISITS TB CONTROL PROGRAMME IN PRISONS IN AZERBAIJAN
On 2-5 December 2014 the Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) programme of the Council of Europe organised a study visit to the Main Medical Department of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Azerbaijan to learn about planning, implementation and monitoring of the Tuberculosis control programme in prisons. The participants exchanged information, experience and good practices with their counterparts from Azerbaijan on TB control in prisons.
The delegation included representatives of penitentiary institutions, TB coordinators from both sides of the river Nistru/Dniester, as well as NGOs working in this field.
The four-day study visit to Azerbaijan included key aspects of TB control in the prison setting, in particular TB case detection and diagnosis, TB infection control, TB/HIV co-infection, follow-up treatment of TB/HIV patients after release, etc. The study visit consisted of training sessions, group discussions, and visits to penitentiary institutions where the participants had the possibility to experience how TB and TB/HIV co-infection are treated and prevented in prisons.