On 12 October 2020, the Council of Europe project Combating violence against children in the Republic of Moldova organised an online presentation of the Research of the judicial practice related to child sexual abuse and exploitation cases in the Republic of Moldova.
The aim of the online event was to present and discuss the key findings and recommendations of the Research of the criminal cases related to child sexual abuse and exploitation, which were finalised in the period of 2017 - 2019.
The objective of the Research was to contribute towards providing key stakeholders with an analysis of the current criminal investigation and judicial practice challenges, as well as the effectiveness of the present legal norms in ensuring respect for children’s rights under the Lanzarote Convention. The Research also aimed to examine the consistency of relevant case law and judicial practice; and to allow for reflection on any problems observed in practice and any potential capacity or training gaps of legal.
The online event provided an opportunity to relevant stakeholders and partners to voice their feedback, address questions and further explore next steps to be undertaken to improve the criminal investigation and trial of child sexual abuse and exploitation cases. Following the online event, all relevant feedback will be taken into consideration for further improvement and finalisation of the research.
The Research contributes towards achieving the Project’s intermediate outcome 2 “Legal and policy framework harmonised in line with Council of Europe standards on child sexual exploitation and abuse and rights of the child in the digital environment / best interests of the child”.