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.
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.
Republic of Moldova: Pre-electoral assistance programme for parliamentary elections in 2014
[25-11-2014] - With the holding of parliamentary elections on 30 November 2014 in the Republic of Moldova, the Council of Europe’s Division of Electoral Assistance and Census is finalising its programme of pre-electoral assistance. The programme, adopted by the Committee of Ministers in June 2014 is part of the Action Plan to support democratic reforms in the Republic of Moldova for 2014 – 2016 and focused on five main pillars:
- Strengthening CEC and Judges’ capacities to deal with election dispute resolutions;
- Increasing the capacities of the Centre for Continuous Electoral Trainings by the CEC to deliver quality trainings to electoral stakeholders;
- Strengthening the capacities of Coordinated Council of audiovisual to monitor media in elections;
- Professionalizing domestic election monitoring NGOs to make constructive criticisms;
- Increasing public awareness raising including first time voters.
Elections in Moldova were generally well administered, in a campaign influenced by geopolitical aspirations, say international observers
Strasbourg, 01.12.2014 – The 30 November parliamentary elections in Moldova were characterised by a wide choice of political alternatives and were generally well administered, although the de-registration of one electoral contestant shortly before election day raised questions about the timing and circumstances, international election observers said in a statement issued today. While contestants enjoyed unimpeded access to the media, political influence in broadcast media led to partisan reporting.
“A largely well-run election offered voters the opportunity to choose their preferred candidates and even geopolitical aspirations, which was at the heart of the campaign,” said Emin Önen, Special Co-ordinator and leader of the short-term OSCE observer mission. “That said, the late removal of a highly visible party from the ballot cast a shadow over the final days.”
Against the backdrop of the country’s geopolitical aspirations, candidates were able to compete in a peaceful campaign and fundamental freedoms were generally respected, the statement said. Changes made to candidate lists up to a week before the elections meant that some potential candidates continued working in official government capacities throughout the campaign, thus blurring the distinction between public office and campaign activities. Observers noted a limited number of campaign violations, mostly related to unequal access to public venues.
Thematic seminar for lawyers and human right defenders
On 20 November 2014 in the framework of the Joint Programme between The Council of Europe and European Union “Strengthening the capacity of lawyers and human rights defenders for domestic application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and of the Revised European Social Charter (RESC)” was organized thematic seminar for lawyers and human rights defenders on the following topic: “Hate speech, discrimination and freedom of opinion and expression”.
The thematic seminar was attended by lawyers, intern lawyers, also representatives of NGOs, etc. There were addressed both theoretical and practical aspects in terms of hate speech, discrimination, freedom of opinion and expression thus participants have obtained new knowledge and useful information for their professional activity. The presentations during the seminar were made by two experts, one national and one international.