Council of Europe Secretary General calls on European states to ensure that defamation legislation does not silence the media
Strasbourg, 02.05.2016 - On the eve of Press Freedom Day on 3 May, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland called upon the 47 Council of Europe member states to make sure that their national legislation on defamation does not lead to self-censorship of the media and does not weaken public debate.
“We are witnessing worrying trends of some governments misusing defamation lawsuits for political purposes, arbitrary application of defamation laws leading to imprisonment of journalists and attempts to roll-back legislative reforms decriminalising defamation. These are among the findings of my Report on the State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe 2016”, said the Secretary General.
The Council of Europe and UNDP have assessed the risks of corruption in the public prosecution service and public procurement
On 5 April 2016, the Council of Europe and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) publicly launched two reports assessing the risks of corruption in the public prosecution service and public procurement.
Over the past decade, the Council of Europe and the United Nations Development Programme have been providing continuous assistance to Moldova in strengthening the institutional capacities and systems for effective combatting and preventing of corruption via monitoring, standard setting and technical assistance.
The joint event brought together over 50 representatives of central public authorities, development partners, civil society and mass media.
Roundtables on Local finance benchmark and on Inter-municipal cooperation in Armenia, 13-15 April 2016, Yerevan, Armenia
The Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform organised an expert meeting and a workshop on Improving financial management through Local Finance Benchmarking (LFB) and introducing the LFB in Armenia on 13-14 of April and a Round table on Introducing inter-municipal cooperation in Armenia on 15 April 2016.
Round Table “Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Moldova”
A Round Table “Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Moldova” will take place on 22 April 2016, at the Radisson Blu Leogrand Hotel in Chisinau (Moldova).
The Round Table will bring together representatives of the Ministry of Justice, penitentiary service, People Ombudsman and other officials, as well as civil society and international organizations acting in Moldova with an aim of presenting and discussing results of the study on preventing / combating prison overcrowding in Moldova and other three countries of Eastern Partnership (Georgia, Ukraine and Armenia). The country-specific problems defined by the study will be highlighted, followed by very topical and open discussions. The participants will be encouraged to define the ways of cooperation in solving problems highlighted by the study.
The Council of Europe Report with the reference to the Republic of Moldova on Human Rights on Internet has been endorsed by the national stakeholders
Moldovan stakeholders positively endorsed the Council of Europe report on Human Rights on the Internet in the Republic of Moldova, at a roundtable held on 30 March 2016. The aim of the Report was to assess whether national policies are in line with Council of Europe adopted standards (Recommendation (2014) 6 on the Human Rights Guide for Internet Users on Internet) and to raise awareness among public, private and civil sectors of these standards.
The report offers a new focus of judicial research and analysis on the emerging challenges of human rights, including those of children and youth in the digital environment in the Republic of Moldova, while meeting the national demands for information society development.