73 participants from Eastern Partnership countries to take the HELP course on Fight Against Racism, Xenophobia, Homophobia and Transphobia

Strasbourg 18 May 2020
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Participants from equality bodies, Ombuds offices, NGOs and public institutions from the six Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, will engage in a regional HELP course on fighting racism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia.

The online course will be implemented in the framework of the regional project “Strengthening access to justice through non-judicial redress mechanisms for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speech in Eastern Partnership countries”, financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe in their Partnership for Good Governance phase II.

The public launch served as an opportunity to discuss developments in the field of prohibition of discrimination and promotion of equality in the Eastern Partnership countries.

It was opened by Irena Guidikova, Head of the Inclusion and Anti-discrimination Division, Anti-discrimination Department, Council of Europe; Arkadi Sytine, PGG Coordinator, Programming Department, Office of the Directorate General of Programmes, Council of Europe; and Nicholas Cendrowicz, Deputy Head of Unit, DG NEAR, European Commission.

Contributions on the prohibition of discrimination and the role of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance were provided by Judge Gilberto Felici, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, and Stefano Valenti, External Relations Officer, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Council of Europe.

A specific introduction to the online course, the Council of Europe Programme on Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP), to the international tutors and to the national delegations will complete the event.

The regional course will be implemented in the period from May-August 2020 in English and Russian language. It will be tutored by two international experts and experienced HELP tutors, Ara Ghazaryan and Vadim Vieru, who will be supported by six national consultants from the six countries.

The national partners of the course are the Human Rights Defender’s Office of the Republic of Armenia, the Commissioner for Human Rights of Azerbaijan, the National centre of legislation and legal research of the Republic of Belarus, the Public Defender’s Office of Georgia, the Council for Preventing and Eliminating Discrimination and Ensuring Equality and the People’s Advocate/Ombudsman of the Republic of Moldova, and the Commissioner for Human Rights, Ukraine.

This model HELP online course in English was developed in the framework of the HELP Programme, under the EU funded Project “HELP in the 28” (2015-2017).

The online course is aimed at developing capacities to effectively combat discrimination, using the existent redress mechanisms and international standards. The course will also be an opportunity to learn about good practices and network to fight discrimination in the Eastern Partnership. The course includes exercises and case studies related to the analysis of the national situation, expert talks, online discussions and interaction.

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