Psychiatric Instititution/Moldova

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Psychiatric Instititution/Moldova

Moldova is Europe's poorest country and one with human rights record issues. The United Nations (UN) Human Rights office is advocating for alternative ways of addressing institutionalisation of persons with disabilities. Speaking after a visit to a psychiatric institution in Moldova, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, expressed concern on the prolonged incarceration of patients, saying there is need for rehabilitation and integration into society.

Pillay was visiting a psychiatric institution in the outskirts of the capital Chisinau, which is home to more than 70 patients, who have beet at the facility for more than 700 days.

Pillay observed that institutionalisation is not the only answer, though it is sometimes necessary, criticizing all forms of indefinite incarceration. She urged the Moldovan authorities to modernize their methods.

SOUNDBITE (English) Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Physically the conditions are tolerable, very clean and food and treatment and so on, but meeting with some of the patients here, we met about 10 to12 of them, and their main concern is the incarceration and when they would be released. None of them have been through a trial as yet, they were found to be in need of medical help, prior to their trials and they have been sent here. Apparently that doesn’t happen and they have no access to the courts, so these are some of the aspects I will be focusing on.”

A joint UN Human Rights and UNICEF report titled “Forgotten Europeans” calls for Governments transfer from a system of institutional care to alternative community-based services that enable children, persons with disabilities, including users of mental health services and older people to live and participate in the community.


Language: English

Year of Production: 2011

Length: 1:30 mins

Country: Moldova, Republic of


  • Muhamed Sacirbey (UNTV-OHCHR)


  • Susan Sacirbey (UNTV-OHCHR)