Important victory for the right to education in Transnistria
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the Russian Federation violated the right to education in the cases of Moldovan schools using Latin in the region of Transnistria. The court has sentenced Russia to pay one million and twenty thousand EUR in respect of non-pecuniary damage and fifty thousand EUR for costs and expenses.
The applicants are Moldovan citizens living in the Transnistrian region, a sovereign territory of the Republic of Moldova under the de facto control of Russian federation-backed separatists. The self-proclaimed administration in Transnistria has a “law” which seeks to prohibit the use of Latin alphabet for Romanian language (defined as Moldovan) from all public fields of life in the region. Thus, the Cyrillic alphabet is imposed on the region’s educational institutions, so against their own beliefs, the inhabitants are forced to education in the Cyrillic alphabet.
The applicants insisted that the teaching should be conducted in Romanian language with Latin script as their institutions remain under the jurisdiction and educational programs of constitutional authorities. This had as a result siege and blockade of Latin-script schools, intimidation and prosecution, detention and so called criminal investigation of teachers, and threats and harassment of pupils and parents.
“We hope that after this decision, the situation of these schools will improve. Thus, we welcome this historic decision long awaited by people from the Transnistrian region of Moldova”, said Ion Manole and Alexandru Postica from Civil Rights Defender’s partner, Promo-LEX Association, who represented the victims in these cases.
The cases concerns violations of the rights to education, private life and freedom from discrimination.
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Tags: European Court of Human Rights, Promo-LEX, and Right to Education.