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.
The Council of Europe is seeking a Project Linguistic Assistant for the Confidence Building Measures Programme for the Transnistrian Region of the Republic of Moldova.
Employment is limited to the duration of the project which is expected to end on 30 May 2015.
Applications must be made in English or French using the Council of Europe on-line application system. By connecting to our website http://www.coe-recruitment.com you can create and submit your on-line application. Applications must be submitted at the latest 04 November 2013 (Central European time) at the latest.
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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.