On 11 March 2020, the Institute for Democracy held an informative workshop for penitentiary staff in Moldova to prevent torture and inhuman treatment within the system and shape intolerant attitude towards torture. The workshop was organised within the EU-funded project “Let Us All Say NO to Torture in Moldova: Civil Society Against Torture”.

The participants got acquainted with the essential provisions of the law and learned about inadmissibility of torture and the fact that victims of torture could punish those who tortured them applying a number of human rights mechanisms.

The beneficiaries said that such workshops helped them in their work and had to be held more often, as the system always had a large staff turnover. They also spoke about the risks related to their work, constant stress, and its negative impact upon their families. The participants agreed that more attention had to be paid to inmates’ and staff’s emotional background.