The Moldovan Institute for Human Rights (IDOM) organized two trainings on 17 and 18 July and on 19 and 20 July inst., thanks to the financial support provided through the Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Sida) and based on the partnership agreement signed with the General Police Inspectorate (GPI) in 2016. These events aimed at strengthening Police capacity to overcome the challenges that generate violations of the right not to be subject to torture and inhuman and degrading treatment in remand facilities.
Thus, 50 persons working in the remand facilities in the northern, central and southern regions of Moldova benefited from the trainings. Both events took place in the town of Vadul lui Vodă, at the touristic resort ODISEU.
Vanu Jereghi, IDOM Executive Director, came with an opening speech, followed by Vadim Ardeleanu, GPI Project Manager, who referred to the developments regarding the respect for the rights of people, held in police custody. He presented the objectives, mechanism of implementation, areas of intervention, recommendations as well as the threats in the process of implementation of the Strategy for Police Development during 2016-2020 and the Action Plan for reducing ill treatment, abuse and discrimination of persons held in police custody.
Dumitru Russu, Coordinator of the Monitoring and Reporting Program of IDOM encouraged the participants to hold an open dialogue when speaking about human rights and the concept of equality. Dumitru made reference to the provisions of the international and national legislation on discrimination; spoke about ECHR caselaw on Article 3 (the right not to be subject to torture, inhuman or degrading treatment) in cases of detention of persons with disabilities; about law no. 60 on the social inclusion of persons with disabilities, explaining in detail the concept of ‘reasonable accommodation’. One special section was dedicated to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Towards the first day of training, Svetlana Doltu, member of the Torture Prevention Council spoke about securing the right to health in remand facilities, especially referring to ECHR judgments on health that are also relevant for the Republic of Moldova; to the rights of apprehended/detained persons that CPT considers to have special importance; about the Nelson Mandela Rules, and the manner of securing medical activities in remand facilities.
On the following day, Ion Caracuian, Head of the Torture Combating Section of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Moldova, spoke about the safeguards for non-admission of ill treatment in remand facilities and presented the existing national and international normative acts. During this session, he explained the concepts of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment, making reference to the national and international legal frameworks as well as to the ECHR caselaw He also stressed the need to follow the regulation on the procedure for identifying, registering and reporting alleged cases of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment, approved by Order No. 77 of 31 Dec 2013. The participants were also capacitated regarding the limits of use of physical force, special means and firearms as well as about the risks of not using them.
Arcadie Astrahan, Director of Botanica Community and Mental Health Center, specialist in human rights and health, spoke about the importance of observance of the rights of persons with mental disorders and injectable drug users, held in police custody.
At the end, IDOM representatives handed over participation certificates and thanked the GPI management for its input in the activities carried out so far.