United Nations

Convention against Torture
and Other Cruel, Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment
or Punishment

Distr.: General
21 December 2017
Original: English

Committee against Torture

Concluding observations on the third periodic report of
Republic of Moldova*
The Committee against Torture considered the third periodic report of the Republic
of Moldova (CAT/C/MDA/3) at its 1572nd and 1575th meetings, held on 7 and 8
November 2017 (CAT/C/SR.1572 and 1575), and adopted the following concluding
observations at its 1600th and 1602nd meetings, held on 27 and 28 November 2017.


The Committee welcomes the dialogue held with the State party’s delegation and the
oral replies and written information provided in response to the concerns raised by the
Committee, but it notes with regret the late submission of the report.


Positive aspects
The Committee welcomes the State party’s recognition of the competence of the
Committee to receive and to consider communications under articles 21 and 22 of the
Convention, on 2 September 2011, as well as its accession to or ratification of the following
international instruments:

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on 21 September


The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, on 12 October 2010;


The Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the
Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, both on 19 April 2012.
The Committee also welcomes the State party’s initiatives to revise its legislation in
areas of relevance to the Convention, including:
The adoption of amendments to the Criminal Code: increasing penalties for
acts of torture, introducing criminal punishment for acts that constitute inhuman or
degrading treatment or punishment (art. 166 (1) of the Criminal Code), eliminating the
statute of limitations for torture or ill-treatment (art. 60 (8)) and declaring that no
punishment milder than that stipulated by law can be applied for acts of torture (arts. 60, 79
and 107), in November 2012; making domestic violence a criminal offence (art. 201 (1));
and supplementing the Criminal Code with article 1331 criminalizing marital rape, on 9 July
The amendment of the Enforcement Code by adding article 175,1 which states
that detention not exceeding 72 hours, as a coercive procedural measure, is to be ensured in
temporary detention facilities, on 1 March 2012;
The adoption of Law No. 52 on the People’s Advocate (Ombudsman), on 3
April 2014; and the establishment of a council on the prevention of torture to serve as the
* Adopted by the Committee at its sixty-second session (6 November–6 December 2017).


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