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.
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.
The Council of Europe’s programme “Confidence Building Measures Across the River Nistru/Dniestr”, with the financial support of the Austrian Agency for Development, has launched on June 25th a series of four capacity building trainings for NGOs. For this 20 NGOs working in the field of the human rights of children, women and persons with disabilities have been selected from both banks of the River Nistru/Dniest.
The trainings cover the following topics: Management for NGOs; Communication for NGOs; Fundraising for NGOs and Project writing for NGOs. The trainers are experts of the association “Workshop of Solutions” from Riga, Latvia.
The participants will have at the end of the trainings the possibility to write and submit for small-scale grants the projects developed during the trainings.
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.
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 „Dreptul la educaţie-drept fundamental al omului. Accesul la educaţie al persoanelor cu dizabilități şi prevenirea discriminării”.
Cursul de instruire va avea loc pe data de 16 iulie curent în Sala Europeana a Cantinei Cancelariei de Stat (Chişinău, str. A. Mateevici 79) începând cu ora 8:45 până la 17:15.