The following information reports U.S. Government priorities and activities of the U.S. mission in Moldova to promote democracy and human rights. For background on Moldova's human rights conditions, please see the 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices and the International Religious Freedom Reports at www.state.gov.
Part 1: U.S. Government Democracy Objectives
Part 2: Supporting Top Priorities and Other Aspects of Human Rights and Democratic Governance
To resolve the frozen conflict in Transnistria, the United States engages Transnistrian authorities, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and academics to encourage civic activism to prevent trafficking and build networks and cooperation among NGOs on both sides of the river and to sponsor projects that deliver information on American culture to Transnistrians. Continued efforts on the part of the U.S. Government work to include Transnistrian participants in exchange programs (including the International Visitors Leadership Program, Cochran, educational exchange, and Summer Work and Travel programs), to open American Corners in Transnistrian libraries for cultural and informational outreach, and continue public diplomacy activities such as concerts and film festivals.To promote democratic institutions and governance, the U.S. Government promotes transparent political processes and encourages citizen and political party participation in campaigns and elections. During the 2009 elections, the United States promoted democracy and Moldova's realignment to European values by training parties and electoral administration bodies, improving voter lists, targeting minority voters and others through voter education campaigns and improving the performance of election monitors. In the next rounds of elections (repeat parliamentary at a time to be determined, and local council and mayoral elections in the spring of 2011), the United States will coordinate with international bodies and local NGOs to support “Get out the Vote” and voter education campaigns; train all political parties on campaigns, organization and publicity techniques; improve the quality and integrity of voter registration lists; improve the training, administrative and management capacity of Moldovan electoral administration bodies; and assist grassroots campaigns targeting women, minorities, young voters, and rural residents. In addition to electoral programming, U.S. Government civil society programming aims to further strengthen Moldova's representative democracy through support for a constituent-driven, financially viable civil society sector. Activities aim to enhance the skills of civil society organizations to represent citizen interests, improve the governance and management of civil society organizations, strengthen the legal and fiscal framework for civil society, and promote the diversification of financial resources available to civil society. The U.S. government supports independent media development by networking and building the professional journalism, business and management skills capacity of regional media outlets. Support is also provided to journalists' rights and freedom of information advocacy organizations.