Poor conditions of detention in Prison No 13

Ciorap v the Republic of Moldova (Appl. Nos 12066/02, 9190/03, 39806/05)

Briefed on: 5 March 2018

  • Briefing memo of Ms Hriptievschi
  • Rule 9.2. communications from the Legal Resources Centre from Moldova: from 2016, and 2018
  • Revised Action Plan by the Government of the Republic of Moldova (January 2018)

The Ciorap group of cases mainly concern poor conditions of detention in Prison No. 13 in Chisinau and the lack of effective domestic remedies in this respect. The ECtHR found the following main problems regarding conditions of detention in Prison No. 13: (extreme) overcrowding; unsanitary conditions / hygiene; insufficiency and low quantity of food.

Nadejda Hriptievschi, Director of Programmes at the Legal Resources Centre from Moldova, focused in her presentation on material conditions of detention in Prison No. 13, as well as on the domestic remedy introduced for detention in poor conditions. She highlighted the possibility to overcome the problem of overcrowding through the application of non-custodial preventive measures, until the construction of a new prison is finished. She also called for training measures for relevant stakeholders to ensure that “the new remedy introduced to address the problem of detention in bad conditions (be) effectively applied in practice”.