Council of Europe and European Union start training Moldovan lawyers and human rights defenders on European anti-discrimination standards
Chisinau, 30/10/2013 - The Council of Europe has launched training for trainers of Moldovan lawyers and human rights defenders in applying the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the Revised European Social Charter, looking in particular at anti-discrimination standards.
The first four-day training session in a series of three, will take place at the Summit Conference Center in Chisinau.
Thirty five lawyers and human rights defenders were selected for training via competition. These professionals will pass a final test at the end of the three sessions and thereafter form a pool of thirty five trainers, equipped with specific expertise in anti-discrimination law. They will pass on their knowledge to groups of lawyers and human rights defenders, training them to apply human rights standards in Moldovan cases. Moldova’s lawyers and human rights defenders will be better able to make well-founded applications to the European Court of Human Rights.
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.
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.
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.”