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In 2004 the International Society for Human Rights – Moldavian Section (ISHR-MS) implemented the following activities:


  1. Project “Promotion to development of human rights education for prison staff within the framework of the National Human Rights Action Plan in the Republic of Moldova”


Financial support – United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva


The goal of the project was to instruct prison employees in fundamental laws and freedoms of individuals and to train them to observe the specific rights and human dignity of the prisoners.


ISHR-MS worked out training material on human rights and the rights of prisoners; hold a Round Table with representatives of the Department of Penitentiary Institutions to introduce the necessary alterations into the training; hold 2-day trainings in 4 Moldovan penitentiary institutions.


  1. Project “Strengthening Capacities and Management Skills of Moldovan NGOs”


Partners – Gustav — Stresemann Institute e.V. (GSI) — Academy for European Politics and Economics, Bonn


The project was aimed at improving and strengthening the work and performance of Moldovan NGOs with the aim to enable them to fully use their potential, and to involve them in the activities of the European-wide NGO platforms and networks.


10 three-day seminars for Moldovan NGOs were hold all over the country, including Transnistria and Gagauzia. With the establishment of a web-based training server, an innovative approach of coaching was used to ensure a successful and comprehensive learning. Evaluation seminars for the most active participants allowed them to share the best practise.


238 participants representing about 150 Moldovan NGOs took part in the seminar programme. They acquired knowledge on specific NGO management skills which will enable them to work more effectively.


  1. Two seminars within the framework of the project “Information and Ratification Campaign on the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Central Asian Countries and Mongolia”


Partners – Gustav — Stresemann Institute e.V. (GSI) — Academy for European Politics and Economics, Bonn

Financial support – European Commission


There were two seminars with Armed Forces and NGOs on raising awareness about the ICC held. The goal of the seminar for the Ministry of Defense was to offer basic information about the ICC, to promote its adequate assessment, to draw conclusions for legal and training bases and to develop measures for prevention of war crimes.


The main objective of the seminar program for NGOs was to familiarize civil society organizations with the most important aspects of international criminal law and the new possibilities that present itself through the establishment of the International Criminal Court.

  1. Project “Promoting the Implementation of European Standards of Rule of Law, Human Rights and Human Conditions in Places of Detention of the Republic of Moldova”


Partners – Consortium of 5 local human rights NGOs


Financial support – European Commission


The goal of the project was to contribute to implementation of the CPT Report Recommendations and the needs and constraints identified in it and necessities sought by the Moldovan Government to comply with the European standards of rule of law, human rights and humane conditions in the places of detention.


With the aim to facilitate social and psychological rehabilitation redress for detainees, ISHR-MS was rendering social and psychological assistance to detainees and their families, organizing visits of relatives to detainees, organizing cultural and sport events. Three psychological consulting rooms were set up in penitentiaries. ISHR-MS hold 2 republican seminars “The rights and the problems of children without parents care”, “The rights and the problems of children in conflict with law” and issued 3 brochures “Help your child and yourself” (2 editions) and “Defend your rights and the rights of your children”.


  1. Project “Overcoming of Stigma, Discrimination and Stereotypes with respect to HIV-infected Detainees, Elimination of their Social Isolation in Prisons”


Partners – NGO “Innovative Projects in Prison”, Moldova


Financial support – TIDES, New-York


The project was aimed at promoting overcoming of stigma, discrimination and stereotypes with respect to HIV-infected detainees in Moldovan prisons.


ISHR-MS developed a questionnaire for detainees and hold two-phase monitoring “Evaluation of the HIV positive detainees’ knowledge of their rights”. On the results of the monitoring a brochure “HIV/AIDS and the rights of prisoners” was worked out.


  1. Project “Strengthening Civil Society, Health and Human Rights in Prisons in Moldova”


Financial support – KNCV, Netherlands


ISHR-MS made reconstructions in Visitor’s Centre in Rusca Prison for women.


At present Visitor’s Centre includes 4 visit rooms, a hall, an equipped kitchen, a toilet, a shower-bath and a children’s room. ISHR-MS installed heating, water supply and sewage systems, bought furniture.


Meetings of children with their mothers can now take place in nice and comfortable conditions.


  1. Humanitarian actions


Since 2003 the ISHR-MS has rendered regular humanitarian help to 50 children left without parents’ care.


German and Swiss Sections of ISHR found donors who agreed to participate in humanitarian program for Moldavian children. Foreign donors have sent monthly financial support to children and their grandparents.


ISHR-MS organized Christmas holidays for children from poor families. It has been the only possibility to celebrate Christmas properly for many of them.


On 4th July ISHR-MS together with Association for Super Marathon organized an international run. This run for 200 kilometers was dedicated to the International Day for Children’s Defense. 

The goal of this event was attracting attention of the society to the problems of neglected children – the most socially vulnerable group of Moldovan society.



Dr Liubov Nemcinova


International Society for Human Rights –

Moldavian Section