Thanks to the financial support provided by Sweden and according to the Cooperation Agreement with the General Police Inspectorate (GPI), the Moldovan Institute for Human Rights (IDOM) carries out monitoring of detention conditions for the people held in police custody, trainings, strategic litigation, and monitoring of psycho-neurological boarding houses and psychiatric hospitals regarding the respect for the rights of people with disabilities.
In this sense, IDOM organized a training between on 29-30 November 2018, which was held at the touristic complex Odiseu in Vadul lui Voda. The training aimed at strengthening police capacities for overcoming the deficiencies causing violation of the right not to be subject to torture and inhuman and degrading treatment in remand facilities. Twenty-five people working in police inspectorates in various regions of the country attended the training.
Ion Caracuian, head of the Torture Combatting section of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Moldova, spoke about the safeguards for non-admission of ill-treatments in remand facilities, and presented the national and international normative acts in this sense.
During the session, the trainers explained the terms of torture and ill and degrading treatment by referring to the national and international frameworks as well as to the ECHR caselaw. They stressed the need to follow the regulation on the procedure for identifying, recording 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 about the limits for using physical force, the special means and firearms, as well as about the risks of not using them.
Towards the first day of training, Natalia Toporeț, forensic expert in cases of torture, spoke about the medical aspects of torture and how to use the methodology for medical examination and documentation of such cases.
On the second day, Arcadie Astrahan, director of the Mental Health Community Center, Botanica, spoke about the importance of respecting the rights of people with mental disorders and injectable drug users held in police custody.
Dumitru Russu, coordinator of Monitoring and Reporting Program of IDOM, presented the concept of equality, referring to the provisions of international and national legislation on discrimination. He also spoke about the ECHR caselaw on Article 3 (right not to be subject to torture or ill or degrading treatment) in cases of detention of people with disabilities and about Law no. 60 on the Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities, explaining in detail the term of ‘reasonable accommodation’. A special chapter was dedicated to the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.