Gender equality is central to the societies we must build
Strasbourg, 07.03.2012 – “Promoting equality between women and men must be at the heart of everything we do,” asserted Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. "We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace unless women acquire the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society," he said.
This week the Council of Europe is looking at the role of women in the Arab Spring and involving key female figures and activists from the region. Women were involved at every stage of the movements for change and took a stand in the interest of civil society across the region.
The members of the Board of Observers of “Teleradio-Moldova” studied the working models of similar bodies in EU countries
Chisinau, 5 March 2012 – The European standards and models in organisation of activity of supervisory boards of public service broadcasters was the focus of a training seminar organised on 1-2 March 2012 for the members of the Board of Observers of the public broadcaster “Teleradio-Moldova” in the framework of the Joint Programme between the Council of Europe and the European Union “Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova”.
The training featured presentations and practical exercises by Mr. Dainius Radzevicius, Chairman of Lithuanian Radio and Television Council and Chairman of Lithuanian Journalists Union.
The expert presented to the members of the Board of Observers of the public broadcaster “Teleradio-Moldova” the working models of similar bodies in the European Union member states, especially in the Baltic States.
Jean-Claude Mignon from France elected PACE President
Strasbourg, 23.01.2012 – Jean-Claude Mignon (EPP/CD) from France has just been elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Taking over from Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (Turkey, EDG), he is the 26th President of the Assembly since 1949 and the first French person to hold this office in 23 years.
First and foremost, I want to make sure in my new position that the rule of law, respect for human rights and the promotion of democracy are not just empty words, and that we are moving forward in these areas, including beyond our borders, in particular by engaging with Europe’s neighbours who are moving down the path to democracy,” he said today.
In close co-operation with the Committee of Ministers and the Secretary General, Jean-Claude Mignon intends to put the Council of Europe back at the centre of the European and international stage. To this end, he wants to make PACE even more responsive and more relevant to topical debates whenever human rights come under threat. “The vision that I have for the Council of Europe is as follows: that the Europe of human rights should become an inescapable reality,” he declared. Read more...>>
Nils Muižnieks from Latvia elected new Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
Strasbourg, 24.01.2012 – Nils Muižnieks (Latvia) was today elected third Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights by the Organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) at its plenary session in Strasbourg.
Mr Muižnieks was elected for a non-renewable term of six years starting on 1 April 2012.
Mr Muižnieks obtained 120 of the votes cast in the first round, an absolute majority. Frans Timmermans (Netherlands) obtained 92 votes and Pierre-Yves Monette (Belgium) 27. Read more...>>
Sustained efforts needed to ensure effective protection of human rights of the persons living in the Transnistrian region
Chisinau, 18.01.2012 ─ The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, has carried out his first ever visit to the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova. The purpose was to discuss with the de facto authorities, including the new leader Yevgeny Shevchuk, and representatives of the human rights structures pressing issues affecting the protection of the rights of the people living in the region. On the eve of this visit, the Commissioner also had meetings with the civil society organisations operating there.
The Commissioner was informed by the interlocutors in Tiraspol about several important measures they intend to implement with regard to the functioning of the local courts’ system, the police and the penitentiary institutions. These measures will include, inter alia, granting in the course of 2012 of an amnesty to prisoners serving sentences for less severe crimes; introducing lighter punishment for crimes which pose no threat to life or health of the victims; a wider use of alternatives to imprisonment; a more resolute fight against corruption.