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Tools for » Joint Action to Strengthen Human Rights in the Transnistrian Region of the Republic of Moldova
Project ID:00101589Description:Human Rights in Transnistria
Moldova Toward Unity in Action
Start Date *: 8 Aug 2016
Governance and Human Rights
End Date*: 31 Dec 2020
Country: Moldova, Republic of Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

The project is grounded in the United Nations human rights-based norms and standards and pursues strengthening of the effective exercise of human rights by people residing in the Transnistrian region through fostering improvement of the regulatory and institutional frameworks in the area of disability, gender based violence and HIV, PWIDs and people in prisons.

The action will be implemented through the UN Multi-Donor Trust Fund being framed around three inter-linked components (rights of persons with disabilities, women in vulnerable situations, and HIV/AIDS) which are led by Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNDP, and UNAIDS. These components have been identified following a series of visits paid by UN professionals in various field in Transnistria and discussion with key stakeholders and region’s de-facto authorities. The proposed three components are also based on the comparative advantages of respective UN agencies, as a result of normative and operational capacities, ready-to-go expertise available as a result of competencies of UNCT Moldova. In addition, the identified components are selected outside any political process, consistent with the mandates of UNDP, OHCHR and UNAIDS. They are aiming to advance Moldova’s progress towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), 5 (Gender Equality), and 3 (Good Health and Well-being).


The programme will be implemented through the following components:

Component 1: Non-discrimination and social inclusion of children and adult persons with disabilities:  

The entire action on the rights of persons with disabilities in the Transnistrian region will be implemented in the framework of a broader OHCHR program on promotion of human rights in the Transnistrian region, which is expected to be co-funded by other donors (e.g. European Union).

OHCHR will lead a coordination platform of development partners on the rights of persons with disabilities in the Transnistrian region to maximize synergy and combined effect of joint actions. As mentioned above, the major interventions will be:

-        Empowerment of the rights-holders – persons with disabilities, their groups and organizations – by their internal capacity development, building relations and partnerships with other organizations and authorities in the region, but also with similar type of organizations across the Nistru-river;

-        Capacitation of the duty-bearers – de facto authorities – activities to make them understand, internalize and apply the rights-based understanding of disabilities by developing compliant normative and institutional framework;

-        Support in development and piloting of Convention-compliant community services and facilities for persons with disabilities;

-        Awareness raising among broader range of opinion and decision-makers and wider society about the rights-based concept of disabilities.    

The five main outcomes the project aims to achieve are as follows:

1)     Organizations of persons with disabilities (women and men with disabilities) empowered to take action in protection and advancement of non-discrimination and their fundamental human rights as per the international standards;

2)     De facto authorities of central and local level, ombudsperson’s office, other specialized de facto authorities and institutions trained and capacitated on international standards with regard to rights of persons with disabilities; 

3)     De facto normative framework reviewed and adjusted – to the furthest possible extent – in line with the international standards with regard to rights of persons with disabilities (as amendments to de facto laws, regulations and/or as executive order, operational guides, etc); 

4)     Convention-compliant community services developed and piloted to provide a successful model to be multiplied and scaled-up at the next stages;

5)     Raised awareness among broader range of opinion and decision-makers (de facto MPs, local authorities, media, etc) and wider society about the rights-based concept of disability.


Component 2: Enhancing gender equality and combating violence against women:

Specific objectives:  

2.1.     Provide support in the establishment, institutionalization and functioning of a more complex social reintegration/rehabilitation service, including the establishment of a shelter for the victims of violence and human trafficking and two regional hubs

2.2.     Strengthen the capacity of key service delivery partners to promote and protect women's rights to life free from violence and those of the victims of the human trafficking

2.3.     Contribute to a sustainable reintegration/empowerment of vulnerable women, including victims of domestic violence on the labour market, through the regional hubs.

2.4.     Raise public awareness to support prevention and disclosure of DV and HT instances.


Component 3 /Improving prevention, treatment and care services for PLHIV, PWIDs and people in prisons): Ensure universal access to quality and integrated prevention, treatment and care services for people living with HIV, people who inject drugs and people in prisons on both banks, with the focus of the Transnistrian region


Specific objectives:  

3.1.Increase access to a comprehensive package of services for PWIDs, including drug dependency in community

3.2.Improve comprehensive package of service for people living with HIV and people who inject drugs in prisons through addressing normative framework, political commitment of prisons and health authorities

3.3.Support implementation of international standards, pursuing human rights and gender mainstreaming into HIV normative framework

3.4.Increase the access of the most at risk HIV populations to HIV Testing and Counselling through building capacities of NGOs and strengthening the dialogue between NGOs, health, and LEAs on both banks of Nistru river   

3.5.Establish a sustainable dialogue with law enforcement authorities with regards to a communitarian policing approach in working with most at risk populations, such as PLWHIV and PWIDs and ensure referral services from police to harm reduction programmes

Raise public awareness to combat HIV and drug dependency related stigma and discrimination. 


Component 4 (cross-cutting): Platform for Human Rights - Coordination and Monitoring

Under this component the establishment of coordination and monitoring platforms is envisaged so that there is a better chance that implementation will be successful and sustainable. UN implementing agencies shall actively engage with and co-opt participation of civil society organisations to encourage human rights advocates and emergent initiative groups to lead in promoting human rights oriented reforms. 

Specific Objectives:

4.1. Coordinate effectively all the regional stakeholders in the process of implementing the present project and in advancement of Thomas Hammarberg’s recommendations;

4.2. Coordinate the efforts of the development partners in advancement of Thomas Hammarberg’s recommendations.

This Component has a cross-cutting nature contributing to successful achievement of substantial objectives and targets under the above three Components.

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