The proposed law on outlawing possession, procession, publicizing and disposal of materials that derive from the unlawful interception of communications is unconstitutional. It is a flagrant evidence of the intentions and the attitudes of the ruling parties towards the entire process and negotiations for overcoming the political crisis in the Republic of Macedonia.
The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 symbolizes the end of a dark era of division between the East and the West. Millions of people were divided across ideological lines in Europe and the rest of the world. The fall of the Wall and the reunification of Germany 11 months later, on October 3, 1990, also marked the beginning of a new world, re-configuring the international relations towards dialogue and cooperation.
Peter Vanhoutte, international mediator in the negotiations for overcoming of the political crisis in the Republic of Macedonia, has in the past three days invited representatives of civil society organizations, international organizations and international experts on elections and the media.
Over 100 citizens visited CIVIL’s info-stand in Skopje in only 90 minutes around noon, Thursday, September 17. They were informed of their voting rights and received copies of available information materials and publications. Several citizens immediately expressed interest in reporting irregularities and violations of voting rights in the form that was made available also in printed form, as it is online, on the website Free elections.
Ahead of the visit of the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Mr. Johannes Hahn, we at CIVIL – Center for Freedom believe that we need to offer a quick recap of our standpoints and contributions to the process of overcoming the political crisis in the Republic of Macedonia. This, in particular, regarding elections related issues.
CIVIL is involved in elections monitoring since 2008 and has gained extensive experience in this area, introducing new approaches and methodologies that correspond with the country’s reality. Political crisis, in our view, has started already in 2008, and was only getting worse, particularly since the forceful ousting of the opposition MPs on December 24, 2012. After the series of public exposure of the wiretapped conversation ordered by the government and revealed by the opposition, the international community has offered its assistance and mediation, which resulted with signing political agreements on June 2 and July 15.