On 6 December, the UN Committee against Torture issued recommendations to the Moldovan Government detailing concrete steps it should take to provide rehabilitation and access to justice for torture victims.
These include developing an adequately funded and independent rehabilitation programme and collecting data to identify the number of torture victims and their specific needs.
The recommendations followed a two-day hearing, where the Government delegation committed to fully implement its new law on rehabilitation of victims of crime and collaborate with civil society in ensuring that torture victims can access rehabilitation.
The Committee also held a briefing with Moldovan NGOs including IRCT member, RCTV Memoria. During the NGO briefing, Ludmila Popovici of RCTV Memoria highlighted the limitations of the legal framework and the lack of concrete state action to provide rehabilitation to torture victims as major concerns that should be addressed by the Committee.
“We are very pleased that the Committee put such strong emphasis on the right to rehabilitation and we are encouraged by the commitments expressed by the Government to effectively implement the law and work with us to ensure that rehabilitation services are available to survivors. The Committee recommendations provide us with a useful framework for engaging with the Government to make rehabilitation reality for all torture victims in Moldova and we look forward to taking this forward first thing in 2018”, said Ludmila Popovici.
It is now essential that the specific commitments made by the Government are turned into concrete action in support of torture victims in Moldova. The RCTV Memoria and the IRCT look forward to supporting this process by providing technical advice and monitoring implementation of the Committee recommendations.