Click here to see the host countries of refugees originating from Moldova.
Email: b [dot] bowringbbk [dot] ac [dot] uk
Professor Bowring is a Barrister and academic with research experience in Eastern and Central Europe. He is fluent in Russian. In 2004 he was the Rapporteur for the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Mission to Moldova. From 2007-2009, he was the International legal expert for the DfID project, 'Reform of Social Services in Moldova'. In 2006-2007 he was the Project leader and expert on Georgia, Council of Europe pilot project for the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) on implementation of recommendations in Albania, Georgia and Moldova.
Email: mmfblueyonder [dot] co [dot] uk
Marjorie Farquharson has worked for 30 years in the field of human rights and the post-Soviet states. She has contributed Expert Opinions in 68 cases and is fluent in Russian. For 14 years she was Amnesty International's researcher on the USSR, where the caseload included mostly Protestant believers in Moldova and would-be emigrants from there. She has also been an international human rights consultant, amongst other things, for the UK-Moldova-based Black Sea Development group in its bids for the EU on democracy and human rights.
Siddharth Kara is one of the world's foremost experts on human trafficking and contemporary slavery. He is the Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is also an Adjunct Lecturer and teaches the only course on human trafficking at HKS. In addition, Kara is a Visiting Scientist on Forced Labor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kara is the author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. Sex Trafficking is the first book on modern forms of slavery to win the prize. Kara's second book, Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia was released in October, 2012. Just as Sex Trafficking provided the first comprehensive overview of the global sex trafficking industry, Bonded Labor provides the first comprehensive overview of the system of debt bondage endemic to South Asia. Kara currently advises the United Nations, International Labour Organisation, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on anti-trafficking policy and law. Kara has testified before the U.S. Congress and several foreign Parliaments on his research. Kara's has also appeared extensively in the media as an expert on modern slavery, including on CNN, the BBC, the Guardian, CNBC, National Geographic, and numerous documentary films.
Michael Hindley spent 25 years in elected politics, including three terms as a Euro-MP, when he served as Vice-President of the Trade Committee, and he is a frequent commentator on European and International Politics. He has authored two reports over recent years for the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on “EU/Central Asia Relations” both of which had “human rights” chapters and both reports involved arranging hearings where NGOs made presentations about human rights in Central Asia. He has been an election observer for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Kazakhstan. He has also acted as an OSCE observer in other post-Soviet countries namely Moldova, Belarus, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine and been a guest lecturer in Russia and Ukraine. He was was a Member of the European Parliament from 1984 – 1999.
Dr Adrian Florea
Federica Prina is a Research Associate at the School of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Glasgow. She is part of a team implementing the three years (2014-2017) research project ‘National Minority Rights and Democratic Political Community: Practices of Non-Territorial Autonomy in Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe’, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Her field of research encompasses cultural, linguistic and participatory rights of national minorities in the post-Soviet space, particularly the Russian Federation, Moldova, Estonia and Ukraine. From 2011 to 2013 she was a researcher at the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), in Flensburg (Germany), where she coordinated the research cluster ‘Culture and Diversity’. From 2012 to 2014 she was the editor of the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE). Federica Prina has also worked for human rights organisations, including Article 19 (the Global Campaign for Free Expression), Amnesty International and Minority Rights Group.
European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
Contact: Claire Rimmer, Eastern Europe Team
Tel: +44 (0)20 7790 2954
Fax: +44 (0)20 7790 4610
Email: crimmerecrc [dot] org / ecreecre [dot] org
The ECRC London Office can provide up to date COI information about the situation facing refugees and those seeking asylum in the Eastern Europe region. View their website for reports and news or email direct at the contact details provided. You can also sign up to weekly updates which provide current, comprehensive information on refugee issues in Europe.