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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Moldova

Strasbourg, 15.06.2011 – A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out a periodic visit to Moldova from 1 to 10 June 2011. It was the Committee's fifth periodic visit to this country.

The CPT’s delegation assessed progress made since previous visits and the extent to which the Committee’s recommendations have been implemented in the areas of police custody, imprisonment and involuntary placement in psychiatric hospitals. Further, it visited for the first time a temporary placement centre for foreigners and a psychoneurological home for minors.

In the course of the visit, the delegation met Oleg EFRIM, Minister of Justice, Iurie CHEPTĂNARU, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Gheorghe ŢURCANU, Deputy Minister of Health and Vadim PISTRINCIUC, Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Protection and Family, as well as other senior officials from these ministries, including Vadim COJOCARU, Head of the Directorate of Penitentiary Institutions. The delegation also held in-depth discussions with Andrei PÂNTEA, First Deputy Prosecutor General, and Ion CARACUIAN, Head of the Anti-Torture Division of the Prosecution Service, as well as with prosecutors handling cases involving allegations of ill-treatment. Further, it held consultations with Anatolie MUNTEANU, Parliamentary Advocate, Head of the Human Rights Centre and the Consultative Council for the Prevention of Torture. Meetings were also held with United Nations representatives as well as with members of non-governmental organisations active in areas of concern to the CPT.

At the end of the visit, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to the Moldovan authorities.

The visit was carried out by the following members of the Committee:

- Jean-Pierre RESTELLINI (Swiss), Head of delegation
- Régis BERGONZI (Monegasque)
- Anna LAMPEROVÁ (Slovak)
- Anna MOLNÁR (Hungarian)
- Joan Miquel RASCAGNERES (Andorran)
- Xavier RONSIN (French).

They were supported by Johan FRIESTEDT, Isabelle SERVOZ-GALLUCCI and Petr HNATIK of the CPT's Secretariat, and assisted by Catherine PAULET, psychiatrist, Head of the Regional Medico-Psychological Service at Baumettes Penitentiary Centre, Marseille (France).

The delegation visited the following places of deprivation of liberty:

Establishments under the Ministry of Internal Affairs

- Directorate General of Operational Services, Chişinău
- Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Chişinău
- Temporary Detention Isolator of the Chişinău Police Headquarters
- Ciocana District Police Station, Chişinău
- Rîşcani District Police Station, Chişinău
- Bălţi Police Station and Temporary Detention Isolator
- Hînceşti Police Station and Temporary Detention Isolator

- Temporary Placement Centre for foreign nationals, Chişinău

Establishments under the Ministry of Justice

- Penitentiary establishment No. 11, Bălţi
- Penitentiary establishment No. 17, Rezina (including the unit for life-sentenced prisoners)
- Psychiatric Unit of the Pruncul Prison Hospital

Establishments under the Ministry of Health

- Orhei Psychiatric Hospital
- Secure Ward of Chişinău Psychiatric Hospital (Units 31 and 37)

Establishments under the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family

- Orhei Psychoneurological Home for boys.

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