Workshop on case management on discrimination matters by human rights institutions for the staff of Moldovan Ombudsman Institution (01 July 2014, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 15 participants, 1 CoE Expert)
The activity was a follow up to the training seminar carried out on 14-15 May and focused on discussing practical aspects of examination of discrimination cases. The training comprised five sessions which focused on: main concepts that should be taken into consideration when dealing with discrimination cases; how the European Court of Justice and the ECtHR analyse discrimination cases; discrimination cases addressed at national level by human rights institutions and essential elements to be considered when investigating and analysing complaints of discrimination.
The participants learned to better understand how to examine and investigate a discrimination case on a practical level. The knowledge gathered will also help the participants to detect elements of discrimination in complaints lodged with the Ombudsman Institution.
Recruitment of a National Consultant to support revision of the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) 2004 – 2008/ 2011-2014 and development of amendments to NHRAP 2011-2014.
The Council of Europe Office in the Republic of Moldova in the framework of the Project “Support to a coherent national implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in the Republic of Moldova” announces the recruitment of a National Consultant to support revision of the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) 2004 – 2008/ 2011-2014 and development of amendments to NHRAP 2011-2014.
Congress expresses concern about separatist tensions in Eastern Europe
During its meeting in Chisinau on 3 July 2014, the Monitoring Committee of the Congress adopted a declaration to express its profound concern at the situation of countries of the region faced with angerous separatist tensions. The statement noted that the annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation has unfortunately opened the way to regional destabilisation which threatens the territorial integrity of states.
The Committee recalled that the Congress defends local and regional government all over Europe through implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government but local and regional self-government cannot truly develop unless countries are stable and societies are at peace.
ECRI calls for timely action against political parties that promote racism
Strasbourg, 10.07.2014 - The Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published its annual report, calling for timely action against extremist organisations that promote racism to avoid an escalation of violence and related criminal activities.
ECRI noted a surge in support for aggressive nationalist and populist xenophobic parties and the persistence of fascist World War II nostalgia in several member states.
European integration guarantees diversity in Moldova
On the sidelines of an official visit by a delegation from the Congress, the rapporteurs on local and regional democracy in the Republic of Moldova, Francis Lec (France, L, SOC), and Philippe Receveur Switzerland, R, EPP-CCE), underlined “the efforts made by the Moldovan Government to speed up the Country’s European integration” and added that “the signature of the Association Agreement with the EU ties in with that policy”. In the view of the Congress, which has been monitoring the situation of local and regional democracy in the Republic of Moldova for several years in application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, European integration guarantees democratic values in the Republic of Moldova and also the diversity of the country, while ensuring respect for its territorial integrity. The rapporteurs believe that the positive effects of decentralisation, the process of which has begun, will be of maximum benefit to the country’s citizens. It is up to the Moldovan Government to continue with the commitments made in this area and implement the recommendations adopted by the Congress in 2012.