Moldova

Our goal is to improve protection against discrimination by promoting essential legislative changes aimed at eliminating discrimination and supporting the annual Pride festival held in the capital city of Chisinau. We support the use of jurisprudence at European Court level as a mechanism for change, by providing translations for important cases and judgements concerning Moldova in Romanian to legal practitioners.

Read about the current human rights situation in our country report Human rights in Moldova

The Universal Periodic Review – Moldova

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In March of this year Civil Rights Defenders in Moldova together with 11 of its partners who form the NGO Coalition for UPR Moldova submitted three Reports within the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for Moldova, 2nd cycle. In the detailed report Civil Rights Defenders outlined a wide number of recommendations for lobbying purposes and the hope is that our recommendations are not only included in those given to Moldova but also accepted.

Capacity Building in Moldova: Advocating, Lobbying and Navigating the EU Bubble

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On the 27th of August Civil Rights Defenders ran a two-day empowerment workshop focusing on “Lobbying and Advocacy for Human Rights at EU Level”. As Moldova moves closer to full EU significant human rights issues still persist; lack of fair trials, inadequate conditions in prisons, hate speech, violence against women, people trafficking, the marginalisation of the Roma community and harassment of LGBT people.

Human Rights in Moldova

In recent years there has been some positive developments regarding the human rights situation in Moldova. New legislation and policies have strengthened protection against discrimination and facilitated the promotion of freedom of expression. However, significant human rights issues still persist; lack of fair trials, inadequate conditions in prisons, hate speech, violence against women, people trafficking, the marginalisation of the Roma community and harassment of LGBT people. In the breakaway territory of Transnistria, human rights abuses are grave.

Bishop Held Liable for Spreading Homophobic and False Statements in Moldova

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Civil Rights Defenders welcomes the decision of Bălți Court of Appeal in Moldova who rejected the claim of Bishop Markel from the Moldovan Orthodox Church requesting an annulment of a previous judgment against him for hate speech. In June of 2014, the Court had ruled that Bishop Markel’s statements represented hate speech and incitement to discriminate against homosexuals and this decision was upheld at the Appeal Court in late February.

Little respect for rule of law in unrecognized territories

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In the breakaway region on Moldova’s eastern border with Ukraine, the socio-political environment in the Transnistria region remains highly repressive. In this unrecognized territory authorities act with impunity. There is little respect for the rule of law, and fundamental human rights are routinely violated. 12 March the Executive Director of Promo-LEX Association, Ion Manole, will present an assessment of the current human rights situation in Transnistria and address these grave violations.

Little respect for rule of law in unrecognized territories

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In Transnistria, the breakaway region on Moldova’s eastern border with Ukraine, the socio-political environment remains highly repressive. Authorities act with impunity, there is little respect for the rule of law, and fundamental human rights are routinely violated. Don’t miss an interesting breakfast seminar with Ion Manole, on the current human rights situation in Transnistria. Live on: http://bambuser.com/v/4434424

We trained judges in freedom of speech

In December, Civil Rights Defenders organised a workshop on the new freedom of expression law for judges in Moldova. The aim was to improve understanding of how the new legislation should be interpreted and applied by magistrates who work with these types of cases. “Strengthening the legal system is central, because that’s where the rights are protected”, commented Percy Bratt, chairman of Civil Rights Defenders board and one of the trainers, afterwards.