Promo-LEX Association


The Promo-LEX Association is a non-government organization focused on promoting democratic values, the development of a strong civil society, and implementation of internationally recognised human rights standards in the Republic of Moldova, including the Transnistrian region. The Promo-LEX team consists of young human rights activists who provide pro bono legal assistance to victims of rights abuse, undertake strategic litigation, conduct human rights research and monitoring, and lobby relevant agencies. The group disseminates its information by publishing reports and studies and hosting public events. It also leads human rights and democracy trainings and works to develop and strengthen the capacity of fellow NGOs, particularly those in the Transnistrian region. The organization’s priority issues for research and advocacy include access to justice and effective remedy for residents of the Transnistrian region, freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment, respect for the rights to liberty and security of the person, and efforts to stop violence against women. The organization also runs a program to increase citizens’ trust in the democratic process in Moldova.



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