Study visit to the Council of Europe and European Court for Human Rights for the staff members of the Center for Human Rights of Moldova (Ombudsman Institution)
(2 – 4 September, Strasbourg, France 15 participants)
The event was a part of a series of capacity building activities for the staff of the Moldovan Ombudsman Institution and had the purpose to enhance the institutional capacities for an effective implementation of the ECHR including its case law in the daily activity of the Centre for Human Rights of Moldova through raising of its staff awareness of the importance of a uniform application of the ECHR and the ECtHR case law as well as of other CoE Human Rights bodies. The participants visited and got familiarised with the mandate and activity of such CoE bodies 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, Anti-discrimination and Social Cohesion Department, Committee on Bioethics. As a result the members of the Ombudsman staff increased their knowledge on the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, its implementation, monitoring mechanism, reporting procedure of member states and the role of Ombudsman institution; on the European Code of Social Security, its principles, mechanism of implementation and the role of the Ombudsman, possible role of the Moldovan Ombudsman in the promotion of the Code for signature by the Moldovan Government; on the Oviedo Convention, Members States’ obligations under it and Ombudsman’s contribution to its implementation etc. and will be able to apply this knowledge in their daily work.
Grant Award to set up an NGO Resource Centre in Transnistria
As a result of a competition held in March this year, the Council of Europe awarded the Tiraspol-based Legal Informational Center Apriori a grant to set up an NGO resource center in Transnistria. The resource center will work with NGOs to provide free of charge consulting on management, fundraising, financing, project development and proposal writing. The center is expected to be equipped with a library and the necessary equipment to provide NGOs with the space and resources for meetings, capacity building activities and consultations. NGOs are invited to visit Apriori’s website for more information ( http://apriori-center.org/about ).
These activities will stimulate a culture of dialogue and exchange for NGOs from the both banks of the river Nistru/Dniestr.
Financial support for this project is provided by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).
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.
Curs de instruire pentru avocaţi şi activişti pentru drepturile omului
Programul Comun al Consiliului Europei şi Uniunii Europene “Consolidarea capacităţii avocaţilor şi activiştilor în domeniul drepturilor omului pentru aplicarea pe plan naţional a Convenţiei Europene pentru Drepturile Omului şi a Cartei Sociale Europene (Revizuite)” organizează un curs de instruire pe tema : „Discriminarea pe criteriu de gen/sex în viața privată”
Cursul de instruire va avea loc pe data de 12 septembrie curent în Sala Europeana a Cantinei Cancelariei de Stat (Chişinău, str. A. Mateevici 79) începând cu ora 8:45 până la 17:15.
Persoanele interesate să participe la acest curs de instruire urmează să expedieze solicitarea de participare cu indicare activitatii pe care o desfasoara la adresa
pînă la 11 septembrie 2014.
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.