EU funded project empowered 20 prosecutors to combat ill-treatment in health care facilities

Nov 11, 2015

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More than 20 prosecutors are empowered to combat ill-treatment in health care facilities after a series of trainings and consultations carried out for almost one year. The process culminated recently in the end of October 2015, when trained prosecutors agreed on using a go-to Guide on investigating ill-treatment in health care facilities and further engaging on improving the national legal framework pertaining to investigation of torture in health care settings. Consequently, an initiative group will conduct a thorough analysis of the legislation and the alignment needs to the most relevant international best practices.

The project “Strengthening National Capacities to Protect the Most Vulnerable from Torture in Moldova” is financed by the European Union, through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) in total cost of 400,000 USD and co-funded and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The initiative and workshops are also supported by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The project aims to strengthen the capacities of national stakeholders in monitoring of, reporting on, prevention and combating of torture, especially against women and men with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities in health care facilities.  

In Moldova, investigation of torture allegations falls under the exclusive competence of the prosecutors. The methodology and guidelines for prosecutors on the investigation of torture are in place and being used, however they do not cover the investigation of torture allegations in health care facilities and specifically in psychiatric hospitals. Through series of consultations, a need for a set of additional guidelines on investigation of torture in mental health institutions was identified.

So, the results of the consultations are reflected in a Guide on investigating torture and ill-treatment in mental health care facilities prepared by a team of local and international experts. The publication comprises international best practices, including human rights standards, medical issues as well as disabilities matters.

“At this stage, the existence of the Guidelines represents an important progress in strengthening the national capacities in conducting investigations in this area. This product will be a high quality methodological support for the prosecutors and will undoubtedly raise the quality of investigations and bring them in line with international standards”, says Ion Caracuian, head of the Anti-torture Department of the General Prosecutor’s Office.

The publication is geared towards facilitating the work of about 70 specialized prosecutors and of the Moldovan Torture Combatting Section of the General Prosecutor’s Office.

Contact information

For additional details, please contact: Natalia Voronova, Project Manager, UNDP Moldova, phone +373 (22) 245079,

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