Open letter to Moldovan MP’s
Open letter to the Chairman of the Moldovan Parliament and to leaders of Moldovan Parliamentary Fractions.
Stockholm March 21, 2011
Dear Mr. Marian Lupu,
I am writing to you on behalf of Civil Rights Defenders (former Swedish Helsinki Committee) concerning the proposal for an anti-discrimination law, which your government proposed on to the parliament on February 17. Civil Rights Defenders welcomes the proposed law against discrimination, as it will increase the legal and practical protection from discrimination of all persons in Moldova, and calls for its swift adoption.
As an organisation working towards protection of fundamental civil and political rights, we would like to stress the importance of keeping all the grounds of discrimination now mentioned in the law. This would be in accordance with the standards of the European Convention for the protection of Human Rights and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, to which Moldova is state party. A comprehensive ban on all forms of discrimination – including a ban on discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation – will benefit all persons on the territory of Moldova.
In addition, Civil Rights Defenders is of the opinion that the current proposal could be improved in regard to the proposed mechanism for prevention and protection from discrimination. We would recommend that the proposed institutional mechanism “the Council”, responsible for the implementation of the law, should be provided with attributions to investigate cases of discrimination and effective ways to punish acts of discrimination.
The adoption of the proposed anti-discrimination law would show that Moldova is taking its obligations under international human rights law seriously and that the leadership of the country is ready to stand up for the principles of equality.
This letter has also been sent to: Ms. Liliana Palihovici, Ms. Maria Postoico, Mr. Ion Hadarca, Mr. Dumitru Diacov and Mr. Mihai Godea.
Tags: Law against discrimination, LGBT, and Minority Rights.