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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.


Country situation

Since the elections in 2010, Moldova has been facing a deep political crisis. The situation in the country in 2011 remained very uncertain and instable and the parliament has been unable to elect President for almost three years now.


Moldovan society is facing enormous difficulties in the process of transition towards democratic society. Present-day Moldova has a deplorable status of the poorest country in Europe, in which migration has become the dominant socioeconomic phenomenon. According to the National Bureau of Statistics of Moldova the number of Moldovans abroad during 2011 was more than 27% of the economically active population. However, considering different estimates it is likely that altogether there are more than 720.000 migrants who reside outside the country, from them 48% are women and young women.


Civil society organizations in Moldova (CSOs) are not financially self-sustaining and depend on overseas financing. CSOs, local authorities and business sector know little about the problems and about the possibilities of each other. They do not trust each other and do not seek cooperation. Such reluctance is often caused by lack of reliable information. СSOs are accused of being nontransparent both by representatives of local authorities, business structures and Moldovan citizens.


Civil society is one of the three important sectors of society, along with state structures and business. At present about 10.000 CSOs are registered in Moldova. However, less than 25 percent of them work successfully and effectively. The most fundamental difficulty faced by many CSOs is their ability to be financially self-sustaining and independent. Many organizations are largely or wholly dependent on overseas financing. This makes them dependent on the decisions of external actors, which in turn makes long-term operations and planning uncertain. Local people often accuse such organizations of being overly influenced by those who supply the overseas financing. Only about 2 percent of CSOs occasionally get financing for their activities from local administrations and business. It is important for CSOs to expand and diversify their sources of income and in particular, to move from dependence on foreign financing to an engagement with local sources of funding.



 Strengthening collaboration between local authorities, business sector and NGOs in Moldova


Human rights and fundamental freedoms are systematically violated in Moldova, civil society operates under enormous difficulties and lacks all the key elements for proper functioning; NGO capacities are low, their activities are not linked to international networks.

Moldovan NGOs have limited skills and practically no experience in applying social mechanisms for human rights protection. There is a lack of effective dialogue and exchange between the CSOs, the business sector and the state authorities.


With the aim to strengthen capacities and collaboration between business sector, Moldovan local authorities and NGOs, the ISHR-MS organized and carried out 2 local photo contests for CSOs from Comrat and Ungheni. CSOs were invited to present by means of photography the problems of their communities that were solved or could be solved in cooperation with local authorities and/or business structures.

3 mobile photo exhibitions were organized and shown in Comrat, Ungheni and Balti.


There were 2 workshops carried out with 30 representatives of CSOs, local authorities and business sector in Comrat and Ungheni. The events were held parallel to the photo exhibition in the same cities.

Photo exhibition in Comrat

Workshop for representatives of business

sector, local authorities and NGOs


Human rights of prisoners. Assistance to social reintegration of prisoners and former prisoners


In 2011, there were 6400 persons in Moldovan prisons.

In the frame of ISHR-MS works the Center for social reintegration of detainees and former detainees, which continued its activity during 2011. The ISHR-MS improved the quality of services rendered to beneficiaries and provided individual free psychological and social counseling to women prisoners and former prisoners.


The ISHR-MS specialists regularly visited the penitentiary institutions. The prisoners were informed about human rights protections, job-seeking, learning a trade, how to improve their professional skills, how to get one time release grant, unemployment benefit, family allowance, disability grant. Prisoners were assisted in restoring their personal documents (identity card, birth certificate, etc.), reestablishing contacts with families and children. Legal counseling concerned such issues as housing, labour, inheritance, tutorship, etc. Beneficiaries were assisted in writing inquiries, complaints, letters to state institutions.


The ISHR-MS collaborators assisted ex-prisoners and contacted relevant authorities, directed beneficiaries to the necessary institutions, developed action plans for them to follow.

During the year 300 prisoners and ex-prisoners were counseled.


Children rights. Assistance to Moldovan children.

Strengthening family relations between mother prisoners and their children


ISHR-MS organized visits of children to their imprisoned mothers in P-7, village Rusca.


Children from poor families, boarding schools, centers for rehabilitation and children homes of family type took part in the visits. They were accompanied by relatives, social assistants, educators, collaborators of the Centre for social reintegration. 100 persons participated in the visits.

Visits of children and relatives to the imprisoned women


Awareness raising campaign, publications


In 2011, the ISHR-MS published the articles on human rights.

ISHR-MS informed the society about its activities during the event “Cunoaste ONG-ul care te reprezinta”, our activities were presented to Moldovan authorities, journalists, NGOs, public.


Dr. Liubov Nemcinova

Chairman ISHR-MS


January 17, 2012

Chisinau, Republic of Moldova