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Project ID 00093083 Description HR Institutions Support
Fund
Moldova Toward Unity in Action
Start Date *: 17 Dec 2014
Theme
Governance and Human Rights
Project status Operationally Closed
Country Moldova, Republic of Participating Organization   Multiple
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The overall project's goal is to contribute to the effective protection and promotion of human rights, equality and non-discrimination in the Republic of Moldova with particular attention to women, minorities, marginalised and vulnerable groups. This will be done through building the capacities, independence and empowerment of the of the two major National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs): Centre for Human Rights (Ombudsperson Institution, CHR) and the newly established Equality Council (EqC), which is antidiscrimination enforcement body. The project will maximise their impact in mainstreaming human rights and equality, including gender equality, and in acting on strategic issues and for the resolution of individual cases.

The project was drafted in strong consultations with the management of both CHR and EqC to ensure its alignment with the NHRIs strategy plans and to ensure the commitment of both institutions to the implementation of the project. The project was also build on and will contribute to the implementation of the following national strategies and plans: National Human Rights Action Plan for 2011-2014, United Nations - Republic of Moldova Partnership Framework for 2013-2017, Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2011-2016. Effective combatting of discrimination is one of the conditions on the way of the European integration, which was set as a country's priority.

Diversity and equality, including on gender equality, minorities inclusion, as well as Human Rights Based Approach application are the core and basic principles, which will be applied and promoted throughout the project implementation.

The project activities were grouped into 3 major thematic components:

1) Support an enabling environment for the National Human Rights Institutions;

2) Strengthening organisational capacities and sustainability of NHRIs;

3) Support for maximizing the power of the Ombudsperson Institution and Equality Council to act as Moldova’s premiere national human rights institutions.

The activities under each component include:

1) Analysis of the new law on Ombudsperson and the EqC related legislation will be done in light of international standards and recommendations with further public debates and advocacy for the improvement of the legislation. Supporting CHR's application for "A" NHRI status. Performing 2 studies on human rights and equality perceptions in Moldovan society and 2 studies on the application of equality legislation and implementation of EqC's decisions on practice. All this will enable the NHRIs in terms of legislative frameworks and provide them with objective data for the their further work.

2) Within the second component the work on strengthening managerial and human resources is envisaged. Both management and staff persons of NHRIs will be exposed to the international experience, training on national level on priority equality and human rights issues. ToT will be organised for NHRIs to strengthen their abilities to organise effective training activities following the end of the project. Staff diversity in NHRIs will be strengthened through the consultancy, revision of employment rules and processes, as well as accessibility of NHRIs for persons with disabilities will be promoted. Strong consultancy will be provided for EqC on case management and handling through building case management software, training on legal analyses, argumentation and decisions drafting skills, as well as tracking the implementation of recommendations made. All EqC's decisions will be translated into Russian and English thus making them accessible for the minorities in Moldova and international community. Push Strategy will be drafted, tested and implemented to insure the highest possible rate of decisions implementation, especially on systemic issues and problems. Libraries of both institutions will be endowed with the set of contemporary specialised academic literature. EqC, as a newly created institution, will be provided with the necessary equipment, including printers, scanners, copy machines, computers etc. taking into account environmental and health factors.

3) The power of organisations will be maximised within the third component to act a premiere NHRIs in the areas of human right and diversity mainstreaming in sectorial policies and legislation (in such spheres as justice, employment, education, medicine etc.). NHRIs will be supported in the monitoring of implementation of the UPR recommendations in Moldova and reporting within the 2nd UPR cycle. Staff skills will be built to act on strategic litigation and individual cases around key human rights issues through the improved research and documentation, identification of strategic issues and acting on them, and submissions to the Constitutional Court. New legal revisions on the National Preventive Mechanism will be put on practice through training and consultancy. Mediation services will be developed for the first time within both NHRIs through training and follow up implementation support. Communication strategy will be updated for CGR and elaborated for the EqC combined with their further implementation. Communication strategy, combined with the elaborated public campaigns will strengthen the messages of CHR and EqC on human rights and equality issues and will make then heard in the society and by the authorities. Key governmental bodies, including Ministry of Education, Health, Social Protection, Prosecutors Office, as well as representatives of Local Public Administrations, judges, lawyers, NGOs, mass-media will be trained on relevant equality, diversity and Human Rights Based Approach issues in order to mainstream these issues and to put them in practice. Distance course on equality for professional groups and NGOs in State language and Russian will be elaborated. 6 grants for NGOs and 6 grants for mass-media will be provided through a public competition to mainstream equality and human rights, public awareness and submission of complaints to the EqC on at least following prohibited grounds: disability, ethnicity (including Roma), sex and gender, sexual orientation, language, HIV/AIDS. 

The direct target groups of the project are 1) Ombudsperson office and staff persons of the institution, and 2) Five members of the Equality Council and staff persons of the institution. Both institutions will benefit with strengthening of their capacities and their staff persons will improve their knowledge and skills, consultancy services, training, exposure to international experience.

The final target groups are:

1) persons facing with violations of their human rights, persons belonging to minorities and vulnerable groups facing with discrimination - these are victims and/or potential victims, who can benefit with the strengthened protection of their rights with the assistance of Ombudsperson office and Equality Council;

2) authorities, public officials, management of business companies - these are those who can both protect and respect or violate human rights; they will benefit with the increased understanding of equality and human rights, as well as their capacities to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights through Ombudsperson and Equality Council work with them.     

 

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