Improving the training of Judges in Azerbaijan

23-24 May 2016 Baku

Azeri judges representing the courts of various levels participated in a workshop to be trained as trainers. This workshop on training cycle management took place in Baku on 23-24 May 2016 At the opening of the event the representatives of the Council of Europe Office in Baku, European Union...

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Defamation and freedom of expression In Azerbaijan

31 May 2016 Baku

A round table on defamation will take place on 31 May 2016 in Baku. The conference will be organised in close cooperation with the Azerbaijani Press Council. The main aim of the round table is to raise awareness on Council of Europe standards and best European practices on defamation and freedom...

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Support to the Moldovan Bar Association: working towards better self-governance through strengthened internal audit

30 May 2016 Chisinau

On 30 May, the "Support to the Moldovan Bar Association" component of the "Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyers' profession in the Republic of Moldova" organised in Chisinau a workshop on internal audit for the Audit Commission, the Council and the Secretary General of...

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Armenian domestic electoral observers strengthening their network

2-7 June 2016 Armenia

In order to follow-up on the implementation of the International Election Observation Mission's recommendations following the elections in Armenia (2003-2013), a series of training sessions will be organised by Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly – Vanadzor in different regions of Armenia between the 2...

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Preparing Armenian women to run for candidacy

30-31 May 2016 Artashat

A two-day seminar for female candidates for the 2016 local elections in Armenia will be held the 30-31 May in Artashat, Ararat region. The aim of the event is to improve leadership skills of women running for political office and to prepare them to take up political responsibility. The seminar...

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Training course on hate speech and freedom of expression

23 May 2016 CHISINAU

On 23 May a training course for the staff and members of the Moldovan Council for Prevention and Elimination of Discrimination and Ensuring Equality and for the staff of the Ombudsperson Office of the Republic of Moldova on Hate speech and freedom of expression was held in Chisinau. The activity...

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Election advocacy training for EaP civil society

25-27 May 2016 Odessa

From 25 to 27 May 2016, representatives of civil society organisations from Eastern Partnership countries experienced in conducting observation of elections at national and regional levels will have the opportunity to attend a workshop on “Public outreach and advocacy” which will take place in...

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Corporate criminal liability training in Belarus

21 May 2016 Minsk

Prosecutors and investigators from Belarus followed a two-day training on the liability of legal entities, in Minsk on 17-18 May. In the course of the training participants examined different approaches to regulating corporate liability and good strategies and tools for investigation and...

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Human rights and health care in Georgian prisons

18 May 2016 Tbilisi

The second phase of the successful Council of Europe/European Union Project on “Human Rights and Healthcare in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions in Georgia II” will be dedicated to continuing to strengthen human rights of people in prisons, police detention and other facilities and improving...

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What is the difference between freedom of expression and hate speech?

20 May 2016 Chisinau

Members and staff from the Ombudsperson’s Office and from the Council for Prevention and Elimination of Discrimination of the Republic of Moldova will have training on hate speech and freedom of expression in Chisinau on 23 May 2016. The training course will be based around Article 10 of the...

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PACE – Request for opinion - Ukraine

18 March 2016

Paris – During its meeting in Paris on 9 March 2016, the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly decided to request the opinion of the Venice Commission on the amendments to the Law on the election of the people’s deputies of Ukraine. This activity falls in the framework of the...

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Request for opinion - Moldova

18 april 2016

Moldovan authorities requested an opinion of the Venice Commission on the draft law on the amendment and completion of the electoral code regarding direct elections of the President. This activity falls in the framework of the Programmatic Cooperation Framework (PCF) for Armenia, Azerbaijan,...

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Judicial staff of Moldova fighting against discrimination

12-13 May 2016 Chisinau

Clerks and assistant judges of Moldova were trained on the concept and forms of discrimination, the protection provided by the European Convention on Human Rights and the Revised European Social Charter, and the Moldovan Law on ensuring equality. They also learned about reversing the burden of...

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Recommendations for revision of Election Code of Georgia

11 March 2016 Venice

On 11 March 2016, the Venice Commission adopted a Joint Opinion with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) on amendments to the Election Code of Georgia as of 8 January 2016. The OSCE/ODIHR and the Venice Commission positively noted the amendments related to...

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Monitoring media during Georgian elections

13 May 2015 Kakheti Region, Georgia

The monitoring of media during election campaign periods is essential to ensure fair and democratic elections. Members of the Georgian National Communications Commission will follow Training for Trainers on 14-15 May 2016 on how to carry out such media monitoring and ensure that the laws...

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Transparency in political funding in Ukraine

23-24 October 2015 Venice

The Venice Commission adopted a Joint Opinion with the OSCE Office For Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) on the draft amendments to some legislative acts concerning prevention and fight against political corruption of Ukraine (23-24 October 2015). Overall, OSCE/ODIHR and the...

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Study Visit of Journalists from Azerbaijan

11-12 May 2016 Strasbourg

On 11-12 May 2016 a study visit of Azerbaijani journalists was organised in Strasbourg within the framework of the joint CoE/EU PCF Project “Freedom of Expression and Media Freedom” in Azerbaijan. The main aim of the study visit was to raise awareness on ECHR and Council of Europe standards...

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Electoral issues - 13th European Conference of the Electoral Management Bodies

14-15 april 2016 Bucharest

Bucharest - The Venice Commission in cooperation with the Permanent Electoral Authority organised the thirteenth European Conference of the Electoral Management Bodies. All details are available on the Conference's dedicated webpage. This activity partially falls in the framework of the...

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Non-discrimination training for judicial staff of Moldova

12-13 May Chisinau

Two training courses for clerks and assistant judges on preventing discrimination will be held in Chisinau on 12 and 13 May The training courses will cover the concept and forms of discrimination, and the protection offered under the European Convention on Human Rights and the Revised European...

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Roundtable on the implementation of the Communication Strategy of the Centre for Continuous Electoral Training by the Central Election Commission of Moldova

28 April 2016 Chisinau

A roundtable on the implementation of the Communication Strategy of the Centre for Continuous Electoral Training (CCET) by Central Election Commission of the Republic of Moldova took place on 28 April 2016, in Chisinau, Moldova. The activity was organised in the framework of the bilateral...

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