Source description last updated: 26 November 2019

In brief: Promo-LEX is a Moldovan human rights NGO founded in 2002 that conducts election monitoring, human rights observation and provides free legal aid and strategic litigation, among other activities.

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“Promo-LEX Association is a non-governmental organization that aims to advance democracy in the Republic of Moldova, including in the Transnistrian region, by promoting and defending human rights, monitoring the democratic processes, and strengthening civil society.” (Promo-LEX: Mission Statement, undated)

Promo-LEX was established in 2002 as a non-profit association and holds the Moldovan certificate of public benefit (Promo-LEX: Mission Statement, undated).

The program “Monitoring Democratic Processes” “aims to improve the quality of and to increase citizen’s trust in democratic processes in the Republic of Moldova. Under this Program, Promo-LEX observes and monitors electoral processes, sectoral reforms and decision-making processes in the Association’s priority areas” (Promo-LEX: Human Rights, undated).

 “The overall goal of the Human Rights Program is to promote and implement international human rights standards in the Republic of Moldova.” (Promo-LEX: Human Rights, undated).


For a list of donors including the American Bar Association, UNDP, OSCE, the Open Society Institute, the Council of Europe, the National Endowment for Democracy, and USAID, see

Financial reports are published under

Scope of reporting:

Geographic focus: Moldova.

Thematic focus: Human rights and election monitoring.


Desk research, legal analysis, media monitoring, long & short term election observation.

“The Promo-LEX election observation methodology has been developed in line with the international standards in the field and involves both long-term and short-term observation (election day). Monitoring reports are prepared by the central team of the Promo-LEX OM [observation mission, note by ACCORD], based on the findings reported by the long-term observers (LTO) within the Mission on the activity of all the actors involved in the process of organizing and conducting the elections: electoral competitors, public authorities, electoral bodies, political parties, citizens submitting their own candidacy, as well as civil society.” (Promo-LEX: Report no. 1 Observation Mission General Local Elections and New Parliamentary Elections of 20 October 2019, 15 August 2019, p.6)

Some reports contain a chapter on methodology (for instance: Promo-LEX: Political party financing in the Republic of Moldova, 2019, p. 5)

Language(s) of publications:

English, Romanian and Russian.

Further reading / links:

Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe: Recommendation CONF/PLE(2016)REC1 adopted by the Conference of INGOs on 24 June 2016; Protection of Human Rights Defenders in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova: the case of “Promo LEX” Association established in the Republic of Moldova, 24 June 2016

European Court of Human Rights: Case of Promo Lex and Others v. the Republic of Moldova (Application no. 42757/09); Judgment, 24 February 2015

USAID: Governing Justly and Democratically; Moldova; More effective and Accountable Democratic Governance; Democratic Transparency and Accountability Program (DTAP), 28 February 2019


All links accessed 26 November 2019.