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The International Society for Human Rights – Moldavian Section (ISHR-MS) is a Moldovan-based independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that was set up in 1999.

ISHR-MS defends human rights, using legal means and carrying out activities of promoting greater awareness of human rights, of monitoring the way human rights are ensured, of civic education, of legal consulting and humanitarian actions for socially disadvantaged categories of population. We assist Moldovan society to become more sustainable and able to meet the EU process obligations and challenges. ISHR-MS established itself in the area of democratic and social rights policy area to advance people-oriented policies that aim at improving the life quality, at promoting the implementation of European standards of rule of law and human rights in Moldovan society.

We sincerely thank our donors for the support they rendered in assisting vulnerable categories of population, strengthening the reform of the penal justice system and defending human rights in Moldova.

Our donors in 2008:

  • ICCO, the Netherlands
  • International Society for Human Rights – German Section
  • International Society for Human Rights – French Section
  • International Society for Human Rights – Austrian Section

Strengthening family relations between mother prisoners and their children


Children and relatives at the prison’s entrance


With financial support of the French Section of the International Society for Human Rights, ISHR-MS organized 3 visits of children to their imprisoned mothers in P-7, village Rusca. The visits took place on 18 June, 29 July and 11 August, 2008.


Altogether 80 people participated in the visits. 60 children accompanied by relatives, social assistants, psychologists visited 20 mother prisoners.


Children came from the boarding school Cupcini (rayon Edinet), Children’s home of family type Jeloboc (rayon Orhei), Accommodation Centre of family type Pirita (rayon Dubasari), Rehabilitation Centre for children from Vadul-lui-Voda and vulnerable families from vil. Larguta (rayon Cantemir), Floresti, Stefan-Voda, Hincesti, Cahul and Chisinau.


Mr. Emmanuel Skoulios, Director of French Alliance from Moldova and Mr. Cyprien Francois, Secretary General of the Cooperation and Culture Department of the French Alliance from Moldova, participated in the first visit of 18 June, 2008. 


The ISHR-MS collaborators carried out a considerable psychological and social work with the children and relatives of the condemned. Many relatives had not seen each other for several years and had not had financial possibilities to come to the prison. Many of them had problems in finding mutual understanding. We gave them recommendations on family relations and behavior during the meeting. Thus the condemned and their families were psychologically prepared and had a positive attitude to the forthcoming meetings.


Children of women prisoners, relatives and accompanying people were taken by bus to the prison. The meetings took place in the Visitors’ Centre in the prison. Every family was given a separate place, where relatives could stay and talk, without being disturbed. During the meetings, ISHR-MS collaborators arranged a family lunch for children and their mothers.


There were photos taken and later gifted to the mothers and children. All participants of the visits got envelopes, paper and stamps for corresponding with each other. The visitors mentioned: “It is very important for us to have photos of our entire family. This is the only picture we have for the last three years.”


The meetings gave possibility to the condemned mothers to see their children, to be with them after a long time of separation, to display their feelings towards children and relatives. They had a possibility to discuss their plans for the future.


To express their gratitude, children drew a poster with the words “SIDH-France. SIDO-SRM. Thank You.” Children of the condemned women drew their hands and wrote their greetings and thanks on a poster for ISHR-MS and SIDH-France. Every family wrote letters of gratitude and respect for SIDH-France, ISHR-MS. They wrote such words as “God bless you”, “Thanks that you exist and help us”, “Thanks for the photos”, “Now I have pictures with my mummy”.


With the view of attracting the attention of Moldovan society to the problem of social reintegration of mother prisoners and their children, mass media representatives were invited to participate in visits to prison. Articles and reporting describing the fate of women who got to prison and their children were issued in newspapers “Ziarul de Garda”, “Jurnal de Chisinau”, website www.jurnaltv.md. 

Children are entering into the prison’s territory


Children met their imprisoned mothers


Family lunch


“Thank-you” poster


 Assistance to children from children homes of family type


In August 2008, the International Society for Human Rights – Moldavian Section, with the financial support of the ISHR – Austrian Section, organized a humanitarian action for children homes of family type from villages Joloboc and Hîjdieni.

15 children together with their parents-educators were invited to Chisinau to buy clothes and shoes for school. Children on their own selected costumes, autumn and winter footwear they liked. Apart from that, school accessories and foodstuff were bought.

Children were happy to visit the city with its big shops. Now they are looking forward to the coming school year to go to school in new clothes.


Thank-you posters


Children in the supermarket


Thank-you posters

 Humanitarian assistance to Moldovan children


In September 2008, the ISHR-MS distributed humanitarian goods donated by ISHR-German Section.

240 T-shirts were gifted to children from the kindergarten village Onitcani, rayon Criuleni; kindergarten village Hrusevo, rayon Criuleni; kindergarten nr. 68, Chisinau.


Strengthening the reform of the penal justice system in Moldova



The Center for social reintegration of detainees and former detainees continued its activity within the organization.

The activity of the Centre included two main components:

  • rendering social and psychological assistance to prisoners, developing their pro-social attitude and
  • assistance to ex-prisoners in their reintegration into society.


Training in prison

The Centre collaborators rendered psychological and social assistance to prisoners in penitentiary institution nr. 4 Cricova, carried out work group with prisoners and gave psychological and social counseling and assistance to ex-inmates who addressed to the Centre in Chisinau.

The main problems that the Center’s beneficiaries asked assistance to solve were the following: restoring personal documents, employment after release, qualification and training, re-establishing family relations, finding domicile.

 With the aim to change the prisoners’ thinking to a pro-social one and to reduce the relapse risk, the Centre collaborators carried out group work with prisoners according to the Program of skills development for problem solving. The Program consists of 16 lessons and takes 4 months.

Cooperation with the prison’s collaborators

Since January 2008, 77 prisoners were trained in the Program. The participants received certificates which were enclosed in their personal files in penitentiary. Participation in the program has a beneficial impact on detainees’ behavior and is positively considered at the Penitentiary Commission that decides on their grant of parole.

In 2008, X detainees and X ex-detainees got individual psychological and social assistance; there were X consultations in prison and X consultations in the Center in Chisinau given. For those beneficiaries whose problems needed prolonged intervention, personal records were kept.


Case of assistance

Beneficiary M.S., aged 34, comes from Calarasi. He is not married and has no children. In 1998 he was condemned for 12 years of imprisonment; in 2007 he got released ahead of time.

After release M.S. went in Calarasi to his farther that lived with his second wife and sons. After a conflict with his stepbrothers, M.S. was forced to leave the parental house. He came to Chisinau and addressed to the Center asking to help him find a temporary place of living and a job.

The Center specialists assisted M.S. to be settled in the Asylum for people without permanent residence in Stauceni.

He had to present a medical certificate there but had no money to undergo the examinations. The Center specialists contacted the director of the Consultative and Diagnostic Center in Chisinau, sector Centru, and as a result the beneficiary underwent the necessary medical examinations free of charge.

M.S. was directed to the territorial employment agency to be registered there and find a job. Some time later M.S. informed the Center that he got employed and had a permanent job.

Apart from providing services to beneficiaries, a special attention was given to raising public awareness about reintegration needs of ex-offenders. Contacts were established and cooperation was consolidated with relevant state institutions, local authorities, NGOs. Leaflets with information about the Center’s activity, brochures “Practical advice for solving social problems” were distributed among prisoners, ex-prisoners and their relatives, penitentiary institutions and NGOs.

Public actions


Public action against torture


On 26 June, 2008 the ISHR-MS collaborators participated in the public action to collect signatures in support of the torture victims. The action was organized by Amnesty International Moldova on the occasion of the UNO International Day for Victims of Torture. The action took place in the centre of the city, by the Organ Hall’s entry.



 On 17 July, 2008 the ISHR–MS and Amnesty International Moldova held a press-conference dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

Awareness raising campaign, publications and training


In 2008 the ISHR-MS elaborated and published the following materials:


Brochure “Practical advice for solving social problems”


Calendar 2008


Web-site of the organization was updated (www.ishr.md).


ISHR-MS staff raised their professional level in the sphere of social and psychological services to detainees and ex-detainees, project management. The collaborators participated in seminars, round tables and trainings held by Moldovan and international experts, among them:

  • Training “Social entrepreneurship for ex-detainees’ reintegration through work”, 2-5 June, 2008;
  • Round table “Cooperation between the Penitentiary Institutions Employment Service and NGOs for the Purpose of Professional Rehabilitation of Persons Released from Detention”, 25 June, 2008;
  • Training “Projects Writing”, 3-5 July, 2008
  • Участие в разработке законопроектов


Cooperation relations were consolidated with state institutions and non-governmental organizations, among them the Ministry of Justice; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the National Agency of Employment, local employment agencies; General Documentation Department, etc.


Dr Liubov Nemcinova

Chairman ISHR-MS


January 15, 2009

Chisinau, Republic of Moldova