Child Defender

On 30 October 2008 the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova under Article 4, Article 5, paragraph (1) and (2), art. 6 paragraph. (1) and Art. 9 para. (1). leters d) and e) from the Law Nr..1349-XIII of 17 October 1997 on Parliamentary Advocates adopted Decision Nr.222-XVI Tamara Plămădeală was appointed as Parliamentary advocates for the protection of children rights for a term of 5 years:

Child Advocate's mission is to promote and protect the rights and interests of children and young people aged under 18.

Child advocate shall exercise their duties to ensure that the constitutional rights and freedoms of children and achieving on national level by public central and local authorities, by persons holding positions of responsibility at all levels of the amendments of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Basic tasks of the parliamentary advocate are:
• Examination of petitions, people’s audience and their reinstatement in rights;
• Checking information about mass or severe violations of children rights;
• Submission of objections addressed to public authorities and proposals in order to ensure the rights of citizens;
• Resolve complaints through conciliation of parties by finding mutually acceptable solutions.

According to the results on the complaint’s examination that come in the address of Parliamentary advocate for the protection of children rights, he has the right to:

• To have free access to all central and local public authorities, to attend their meetings, including meetings of their collegial bodies;
• To have free access to institutions, organizations and enterprises, regardless of ownership, public associations in police commissariats and detention facilities within them, in penitentiary institutions, in temporary detention isolators in military units in foster care centers of immigrants or asylum seekers, institutions providing social, medical or psychiatric assistance, special schools for children with deviations in behavior and similar institutions;

• To have unlimited access to any information on the treatment and conditions of detention of persons deprived of liberty;

• To receive explanations from the officials of all levels on issues to be clarified in the process of control;

• To notify the these state institutions to conduct investigations and prepare expert reports on issues to be considered;

• To have unlimited meetings and personal conversations without witnesses, and if necessary, through interpreter, with the person at the places specified in p.2, as well as any other person who, in his opinion, could provide the necessary information;

• To attract on preventive visits to places where people are deprived of their liberty, specialists and independent experts from various fields including lawyers, doctors, psychologists, representatives of civil society;

• To cooperate with mass media and civil associations operating in the field child rights protection, both inside the country and abroad.