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.
Recruitment of a qualified national electoral expert for the ”Council of Europe Programme of assistance ahead of parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova”.
The Council of Europe is looking for a qualified national electoral expert to contribute to the overall implementation of its ”Programme of assistance ahead of parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova” scheduled for 30 November 2014. The expert is expected to start on 1st September until 31 December 2014.
To apply please send your detailed CV and motivation letter to:
with the reference “Election Expert Moldova”. Deadline for applications: Friday 1st August 2014.
PACE President reminds the Republic of Moldova that the monitoring procedure is here to help
At the end of an official visit to the Republic of Moldova from 16-18 July, Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), praised the country for its commitment to comply with Council of Europe standards and encouraged its authorities to continue its reform process. She stressed the good cooperation of the Republic of Moldova with the Council of Europe as well as the commitment of its parliamentary delegation to PACE and encouraged them to continue their good work.
Training courses for lawyers and human right defenders
On 9,10 and 16 July 2014 in the framework of the Joint Programme between The Council of Europe and European Union “Strengthening the capacity of lawyers and human rights defenders for domestic application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and of the Revised European Social Charter (RESC)” were organised training courses for lawyers and human rights defenders on the following topics: “Discrimination on the grounds of mental health”; “Discrimination in access to education - theoretical and practical aspects” and “Right to education - a fundamental human right. Access to education of persons with disabilities and preventing discrimination”.
The training courses were attended by lawyers, intern lawyers, one Ombudsman, also representatives of: NGOs, Ombudsman office, local public authorities, etc. There were addressed both theoretical and practical aspects in terms of discrimination, thus participants have obtained new knowledge and useful information for their professional activity.
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.