First joint radio programme ever produced by journalists from both banks of the Nistru/Dniester River started on 29 June, facilitated by the Council of Europe
On 29 June 2014, at 7.05 pm, the radio stations “Radio Moldova” (Chisinau) and “Radio 1” (Tiraspol) broadcasted the first edition of a joint radio programme produced by journalists from both banks of the Nistru/Dniester River.
This is the first joint project of the radio journalists from “Radio Moldova” and “Radio 1” since 1990. It is possible due to the assistance provided by the Council of Europe “Confidence Building Measures across the river Nistru/Dniester” Programme, with financial support from the Austrian Development Cooperation.
The joint radio programme, entitled “Bridges”, is aired simultaneously, on the last Sunday of every month at 7.05 pm. The first programme was about touristic sites on both banks of the Nistru/Dniester River.
Seminar for the staff of the Moldovan Constitutional Court on Protection of personal data through the right to respect for private and family life (19 August, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 16 participants, 2 CoE Consultants)
The seminar was the first event in a series of capacity building activities for the staff of the Moldovan Constitutional Court designed to address several topics of the most actual aspects of the activity of the Constitutional Court. The seminar was held in a very interactive manner, the Consultants used such important tools in for teaching this topic as the Council of Europe’s Handbook No 1, “A guide to the implementation of Article 8 of the ECHR” and ECtHR’ factsheets “Protection of personal data” and “New technologies”. Also extensive reference to the ECtHR jurisprudence was made and case studies used. Whilst the participants were mostly experienced lawyers and already had an understanding of the Convention and the jurisprudence this workshop provided a real step up in understanding of Article 8 and data protection.
Workshop on Discrimination Cases Management by human rights institutions (1 July 2014, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 20 participants, 1 CoE Consultant)
The workshop was the continuation of the previous activity dedicated to the topic of non-discrimination. This event was designed in a very practical manner with the view to deliver to the audience examples best practices of examination of cases of discrimination by various competent bodies. In particular the international Consultant focused on such aspects as the key concepts that need to be considered when dealing with discrimination matters; elements to be considered when investigating and analysing complaints of discrimination; how discrimination cases are addressed at national level by human rights institutions (cases dealt by the equality body in Romania); procedures under ECJ and the ECHR on discrimination cases etc.
The participants improved their knowledge of the best European practices of non-discrimination and will be able to use it in their daily work.
Study visit of judges and prosecutors of the Republic of Moldova to the Council of Europe
(8 – 10 July, Strasbourg, France, 18 participants)
The study visit was organised with the purpose to familiarise the judges and prosecutors with the mandate and activity of the most important and relevant for their daily activity institutions of the Council of Europe, such as European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, European Committee of Social Rights, European Commission for Democracy through Law, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Consultative Council of European Judges and Consultative Council of European Prosecutors, European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice etc. A very important part of the visit were the meetings with the judge of the European Court of Human Rights elected in respect of the Republic of Moldova, as well as with the Moldovan lawyers at the ECtHR Registry dedicated to discussions on the most important cases against the Republic of Moldova, as well as the procedures before the Court, admissibility criteria etc. Another very important point of the agenda was the meeting with the representative of the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
Ending violence against women must become a top priority
Strasbourg, 29.07.2014 – "On August 1, the Istanbul Convention, a landmark treaty of the Council of Europe dedicated to preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, will enter into force. It could not come at a better time. Violence against women remains one of the most widespread human rights violations which takes place every day in Europe; intimate partner violence is still among the major causes of non-accidental death, injury and disability for women. This tragic situation stems from a variety of social, economic and cultural reasons, but a common background condition is glaring inequality between men and women. The Convention has the potential to become a powerful driver in making progress on this pressing human rights issue", says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Human Rights Comment published today.