Strengthening Capacities of NSAA Staff and Managers of Temporary Placement Centres for Persons with Disabilities To Prevent Torture and Reduce Ill Treatments, Abuse and Discrimination

The Moldovan Institute for Human Rights (IDOM), thanks to the financial support provided by Sweden, monitors and evaluates the observance of rights of persons held in state custody as well as of those held in pre-trial detention facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and Temporary Placement Centres for Persons with Disabilities;[1] holds trainings and conducts advocacy and strategic litigation, etc.

The United Nations Committee Against Torture and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in its 2017 evaluations, stressed the recommendation to the Republic of Moldova to train the police staff, prosecutors, judges, and all staff involved in providing healthcare services in methods of interaction with persons with mental/psychosocial  disabilities and to investigate and document efficiently the cases of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.[1] According to the conclusive observations of the United Nations Committee, on 6 December 2018, the state had to communicate the actions planned to implement the recommendations.

In view of strengthening the capacities of the authorities to prevent torture and reduce ill treatments and discrimination, between 18-20 December, IDOM organized a training course entitled: “Strengthening Capacities of NSAA Staff[2] and Managers of Temporary Placement Centres for Persons with Disabilities To Prevent Torture and Reduce Ill Treatment, Abuse and Discrimination.”

In this connection, several NSAA staff members, the directors and managing staff of the Temporary Placement Centres for Persons with Disabilities (village of Cocieri, Orhei, town of Hîncești, village of Bădiceni, Bălți and village of Brânzeni) as well as several staff members of the Police Division for the Protection of Rights of Persons with Disabilities attended the event that was held at the touristic resort Odiseu in the town of Vadul lui Vodă.

The following were trainers in the training:

Vanu Jereghi – Executive Director, IDOM;

Dumitru Russu – Coordinator, Monitoring and Reporting Program, IDOM;

Nelea Panfil – Project Coordinator, Keystone Moldova;

Svetlana Doltu – Health Expert, Member of the Torture Prevention Council;

Ion Caracuian – Head of the Torture Combating Section, General Prosecutor’s Office of Moldova;

Olesea Doronceanu – Lawyer, Litigation and Advocacy Program, IDOM;

Arcadie Astrahan – Program Director, Community Mental Health Centre, Botanica, Mental Health Expert.


[1] Based on the Government Decision no.454 of 16 May 2018 on Reorganizing the National Social Assistance Agency, the psycho-neurological boarding houses were renamed Temporary Placement Centres for Persons with Disabilities (adults / children)

[2] The National Social Assistance Agency is an administrative authority under the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection, which manages the activities of the Temporary Centres for Persons with Disabilities (adults and children); GD No.454 of 16 May 2018 on Reorganizing the National Social Assistance Agency and GD No.1263 of 18 Nov 2016 on Approving the Regulation on the Organization and Functioning of the National Social Assistance Agency, its structure and staff limit.

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