MOLDOVA | People’s Advocate will benefit from € 800,000 project awarded by the Council of Europe to strengthen human rights protection in Moldova

On 8 May 2024, the People's Advocate Office marked a significant moment in the promotion and protection of human rights in the Republic of Moldova with the official launch of the Council of Europe Project “Support to the People’s Advocate Office in the protection of human rights in the Republic of Moldova- Phase I”.

This project stands for a firm commitment to improve human rights protection in Moldova country and to strengthen the mechanisms for redress by increasing the capacity of the Ombudsman’s Office to intervene effectively in cases of human rights violations. It is remarkable that this is the first project exclusively dedicated to the Ombudsman’s Office for a period of two years and that its budget amounts to €800,000.

Through this initiative, the aim is to develop more resilient tools and mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights at the national level, enhance collaboration with the European Court of Human Rights and explore the intersection between artificial intelligence and human rights.

In a context where accession to the European Union becomes a reality, the role of the Ombudsman’s Office in ensuring observance for human rights is growing in importance.

In his opening speech, People’s Advocate, Ceslav Panico highlighted that in a society where the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens are essential pillars of democracy, further strengthening the People’s Advocate Office as a key institution in the promotion and protection of human rights in the Republic of Moldova is crucial. The Ombudsman stated that through this partnership with the Council of Europe, it is firmly committed to strengthening and promoting the independence and effectiveness of the institution in order to become a model institution in society, noting that this moment is an important step in aligning with European human rights standards and consolidation of the rule of law.


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Source: The People's Advocate Office, Moldova

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