During October 31 to November 11 this year, the Moldovan government is expected to present the UN Council for Human Rights the Country Report on human rights in Moldova, the second of its kind to date.
Yesterday the Ministry of Justice presented this report in a public session attended by the representatives of the civil society.
The report presents the government's achievements in human rights in various areas, including justice and corruption; the events of April 7, 2009 and Transnistria.
Thus, according to the report, in terms of justice and corruption, the statistics show that 378 actions of the Action Plan for implementation of the Justice Sector Reform Strategy for 2011-2016 were carried out of the total number of 487 (77.6%). Among the major achievements in the field of justice there’s thee increased funding for courts, establishment of selection of candidates for the positions of judge; using PIGD case management software and audio recording of the hearings (although it has been repeatedly criticized), the reform of the judicial immunity institution; MIA reform; approval of the new Law on the Prosecution Service, etc.
At the chapter corruption it is mentioned the adoption of a comprehensive package of anti-corruption laws that approved increasing 3 times the ceiling for the fines for offenses of corruption and of the term applied to the deprivation of the right to hold public office; establishment of extended confiscation; inclusion of the offense "illicit enrichment"; ban on the discussions of the judge with others outside the courtroom; mandatory polygraph testing of candidates for judge and prosecutor; the Law on testing the professional integrity, the Law on the disciplinary liability of judges and on the reorganization of the court system etc.
As for the measures taken by Moldova to elucidate the events of April 7, 2009, there were presented several figures on the initiated / finished criminal cases, the rulings, the number of investigated / convicted / acquitted / suspended police officers, etc. However, according to representatives of the civil society who participated at the presentation of the report, it must be supplemented with more detailed information on the events of 7 April 2009. The Legal Resource Centre representative, Ion Guzun said that the report should provide that some prosecutors and lawyers involved in violations of citizens' rights during and after the events of 7 April 2009 were promoted to various positions.
As regards Transnistria, the report notes that it remains a big vacuum in terms of human rights protection. The expert Nicoleta Hriplivîi from the "Promo-Lex" association, quoted by europalibera.org, said that the situation in Transnistria was poorly treated in the report, especially since recently Promo-Lex spoke that there are numerous cases in the Transnistrian region when citizens do not have access to a fair trial and their rights are violated.
We note that the report also mentioned the achievements in human rights regarding non-discrimination; National Minorities; the right to education and state language; torture and detention conditions; freedom of religion, expression and association; women's rights and domestic violence; child rights and juvenile justice; human trafficking; persons with disabilities; right to health of people living with HIV / AIDS and Hepatitis C.
The Deputy Justice Minister, Eduard Serbenco said that proposals of the civil society will be taken into account when completing the report.
The full version of the 2016 UPR report presented by the Ministry of Justice can be read HERE.