On 7 November, the Representation of the European Council in the Republic of Moldova invited the director of the Charity Centre for Refugees, Mr. Djavid Paknehad at the International Conference on“Implementing non-discrimination commitments – a path to achieving European human rights standards”.

The main goal of the event was to bring together lawyers, representatives of the Ombudsperson’s offices, equality bodies and of civil society from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus along with international organisation representatives and international experts for an interactive discussion on the state of play and challenges faced in the area of anti-discrimination, as well as an exchange of good practices between the Republic of Moldova and the countries of the Eastern Partnership.

The recently conducted assessment of the effectiveness of access to justice for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speech through non-judiciary redress mechanisms in Eastern Partnership countries was presented during the event. Another significant topic on the agenda was the need for strong co-operation between national authorities and civil society, its importance in fighting discrimination and how to improve it.

The event marked the launch of two anti-discrimination projects (national and regional) and included presentations and discussions on the communication strategies as key tools for tackling non-discrimination and the role of lawyers in preventing and combating discrimination.

Text: Doina Crăciun, project assistant