UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova discusses follow up to Hammarberg report on human rights in the Transnistrian region
Nicola Harrington-Buhay had a meeting with Nina Shtanski, during which they discussed the assistance provided by UNDP and other UN agencies to the Transnistrian region.
Ms. Harrington-Buhay and Ms. Shtanski exchanged views on the follow up to the recommendations of the UN senior expert, Thomas Hammarberg, who presented a report on human rights in the Transnistrian region earlier this year following his three visits to the region in 2012. In his report, Mr. Hammarberg called for a review of the ordinary legislation to address aspects which are not consistent with international human rights law, as well as for a thorough reform of the penitentiary system, including a reduction of the number of prisoners, the abolition of inhuman disciplinary measures in prisons and training of prison staff as well as measures against trafficking of human beings and its root causes.
In addition, they discussed projects carried out by UNDP, with the financial assistance of the European Union, which aim at building confidence and improving life of people on both banks of the Nistru river. These include the renovation and rebuilding of about 40 social infrastructure units among which schools, kindergartens, health and community centers, the creation of the first-ever Business School and support for business development.
“We see much potential for cooperation across the two banks of the Nistru River, such as in the area of the environment and business and with the involvement of the donor partners including the European Union. The UN family cares about the concerns of the families and children in the Transnistrian region and the existing problems in the healthcare system”, said Nicola Harrington-Buhay. “That is why our efforts focus on providing multilateral support working to build confidence across the banks”.