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Moldova: Human rights review 2015

Key events in Moldova’s 2015 human rights calendar are listed below.

January

Anti-torture experts warn the Republic of Moldova and other member states not to take action against whistleblowing public officials or detainees who denounce ill-treatment. In its annual report, the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) states that common reprisal measures include “restrictions on basic entitlements, solitary confinement for fabricated disciplinary or security reasons, placement in worse conditions of detention, withdrawal of support for early release, assault and other kinds of ill-treatment.”

The CPT reveals ‘pay-back’ cases in Hungary, aswell as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece, the Russian Federation, Spain, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Ukraine.

April

Judges’ human rights decisions in a rape case and a complaint against police brutality, leading to awards totalling €24,000, place the spotlight on human rights protection in Moldova.

In a separate decision, the court declares the Russian Federation responsible for the death of a Moldovan citizen at peacekeeping checkpoint. Its award totals more than €40,000.

July

Marking the one year anniversray of the enry into force of the ‘Istanbul Convention,’ Secretary General Jagland calls on Moldova to join the the 18 member states which have ratified the Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence.

August

Secertary General Jagland writes in the New York Times that Moldova is on the brink of becoming Europe’s next security crisis.

October

Human rights judges accept the arguments of a mother who chalenged a decision of national authorities withdrawing her parental authority and restricting visits to her daughter. The European court finds two breaches of human rights law and awards 7,500 euros (EUR) (non-pecuniary damage) and EUR 1,030 (costs and expenses).

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