Supporting National Human Rights Institutions as per International Treaty Bodies and UPR Recommendations

Project summary

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. The Equality Council and Ombudsperson Office are the two major national human rights institutions in the Republic of Moldova (RM) working specifically on the issues of equality, non-discrimination and human rights protection and promotion. The project aims to increase their focus around core strategic human rights goals and maximize their impact in mainstreaming human rights and equality, including gender equality, in acting on strategic issues and for the resolution of individual cases.

Project Goals:

  • Supporting an enabling environment for the National Human Rights Institutions
  • Strengthening the organisational capacities and sustainability of the National Human Rights Institutions
  • Supporting maximization of the power of the Ombudsperson Office and Equality Council to act as Moldova’s premiere national human rights institutions


  • Enabling environment for the National Human Rights Institutions supported through elaboration and wide dissemination of Study on Equality Perceptions in the RM during 2015;
  • Organizational capacities and sustainability of NHRIs strengthened through raised qualifications of 19 representatives (15 women, 4 men) of Equality Council and Ombudsperson Office from study visits to counterparts in Latvia and Serbia and international training courses;
  • Effective case management at the Equality Council supported through translation of 27 Equality Council decisions from Romanian into Russian, 6 into English and their publishing on the Equality Council web-site;
  • Technical organizational/capacity development of NHRIs ensured through provision of hardware equipment, including recording system for the Equality Council and hardware equipment to ensure efficient monitoring of places of detention by the Ombudsperson Office;
  • 18 NHRIs representatives (13 women and 5 men) increased their knowledge and capacities to monitor the implementation of UPR recommendations and draft stakeholder reports for the 2nd UPR cycle;
  • Communication strategies for both institutions designed and started implementation
  • NHRIs increased the amount of information published in both Romanian and Russian thus strengthening their websites accessibility for linguistic minorities.