Anti-discrimination law discriminates LGBT people

Roundtable discussion of the Anti-discrimination law in Moldova

Roundtable discussion of the Anti-discrimination law in Moldova

According to our partners in the country, Moldova will adopt an anti-discrimination law in a few weeks time, as an important step towards EU integration. Last week the bill was changed and sexual orientation was removed from the list of grounds protected from discrimination in the first article of the draft law. The only field where discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation is prohibited is employment. In addition, the title of the law has been changed to “The law on equality of chances”.

”Together with our partners we have been working for the adoption of an all inclusive law against discrimination for many years. The latest draft in which sexual orientation has been excluded from all areas but employment is disappointing to say the least. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people are today facing widespread discrimination in Moldova and these violations must be outlawed,” says Miroslav Durdevic, Programme Officer for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Civil Rights Defenders.

International law, e.g. the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights and the European Convention for the protection of Human Rights, to which Moldova is state party to, explicitly state that sexual orientation and gender identity are part of the foundation of human rights protection and anti-discrimination principles.

Two staff members of Civil Rights Defenders have been in Moldova during the weekend taking part in Moldovan Pride events. They also participated in a roundtable on Sunday dedicated to the adoption of the Anti-discrimination law were representatives of the Government, local human rights NGOs and international guests of the Pride Festivals participated.

Categories: News.
Tags: Anti-discrimination law.
Regions: Moldova.