Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission publishes new report on the Republic of Moldova
Fourth report on the Republic of Moldova [en] - [fr] - [md]
Strasbourg, 15.10.2013 – The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published its fourth report on the Republic of Moldova. ECRI’s Chair, Ms Eva Smith, said that, despite the progress achieved, some issues continue to give rise to concern, including the lack of coherent statistical data on racism and racial discrimination and the reluctance of the police to register complaints in this area.
Parliament has passed the Law on Equal Opportunities and set up the Council to Prevent and Combat Discrimination and Ensure Equality; a reform of the Ombudsman institution is planned; the Action Plan for Roma has received an initial funding allocation and work to implement it is progressing; and several minority religious groups have been registered under the Law on Freedom of Conscience, Thought and Religion.
PACE to continue monitoring Republic of Moldova – but promises review if reforms are carried out
Strasbourg, 02.10.2013 – PACE decides to continue its monitoring of the Republic of Moldova – but says it will consider the possibility of moving to post-monitoring dialogue should expected reforms be carried out.
In a resolution based on a report by Lise Christoffersen (Norway, SOC) and Piotr Wach (Poland, EPP/CD), the Assembly acknowledged Moldova’s progress and continuous commitment to complying with Council of Europe standards, but pointed out that “a series of fundamental issues” still need to be addressed by the country.
The parliamentarians called for “a political culture that focuses on the separation of powers, respect for checks and balances, de-politicisation of the state institutions and law enforcement”, but also promoting human rights and countering discrimination.
The Justice Sector Reform Strategy for 2011-2016 is a major undertaking in this direction. However, the Commissioner underlines that the reform process needs to be supported by adequate funding and concrete political measures. “The budget of Moldovan courts is twenty times less than the median of Council of Europe member States and judges are not properly shielded from undue political pressure. The five-year initial probationary period should be revoked and provisions allowing for the dismissal or disciplinary proceedings against them because of the decisions they take should be repealed.”
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)” în parteneriat cu Uniunea Avocaţilor, Institutul Naţional al Justiţiei şi Coaliţia Nediscriminare anCurs de seminare de formare a formatorilor în domeniul eliminării discriminăriiunţă un concurs de selectare a avocaţilor şi activiştilor în domeniul drepturilor omului pentru participarea la cursul de seminare de formare a formatorilor în domeniul standardelor europene de eliminare a discriminării, în scopul organizării ulterioare a unor seminare cascadă în toată Republica pentru avocaţi şi activişti în domeniul drepturilor omului.
Juriştii selectaţi vor fi instruiţi de experţii Consiliului Europei. Subiectele principale incluse în agendele seminarelor de formare a formatorilor vor fi: Mecanismele europene de apărare a drepturilor omului; Criteriile de admisibilitate şi aspecte generale ale jurisprudenţei Curţii Europene ale Drepturilor Omului; Temeiurile de discriminare; Cadrul legal şi jurisprudenţa naţională în domeniul nediscriminării; Capacităţi practice de prezentare a unui caz de discriminare în faţa instanţelor etc.
Strasbourg, 04.07.2013 – Is democracy in crisis? Judging by the sometimes record levels of voter abstention, public distrust of leaders – fed by increasing numbers of corruption scandals – and the rise in anti-system parties, the gap between institutions and the public is widening. Traditional modes of public participation are giving way to social media which make the public directly accessible to politicians and activists at all times. They foster interest-based communities, but struggle to provide a platform for a coherent democratic debate.
While the social media have fuelled citizen protest movements and democratic revolutions, can they really help to revive representative democracy and everyday governance? What future lies ahead for the traditional forms of participation? How can new and traditional forms of participation complement each other?