Put pressure on Moldova regarding Discrimination bill

Dear Fredrik Reinfeldt and Gunilla Carlsson??,

On September 13 Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat is visiting Sweden. Civil Rights Defenders urges the Swedish Government to bring up the proposed Law against discrimination to discusison.

We regret the Moldovan government’s decision to withdraw the Bill from Parliament on March 30. The argument was that the issue of discrimination is sensitive, and that the bill must therefore be further investigated. We do not believe that this was the main reason.

The debate on the Law against discrimination in Moldova has almost exclusively focused on the protection of sexual minorities. Public figures have made derogatory remarks about homosexuals, bisexuals and transgendered people. The fact that the law is to guarantee equal rights to all Moldovan citizens has barely emerged. Under the two-year Action Plan signed with the EU, Moldova is obliged to pass a Law against discrimination.

Civil Rights Defenders has been working on this issue in Moldova, and also in the Western Balkans, for many years. When legislation is in place, new opportunities arise to push for change. For instance, we believe that the Anti-discrimination law, adopted in Serbia in 2009, was crucial for the pride parade to be able to take place in the country for the first time in October 2010.

In June Prime Minister Vlad Filat said on a forum for NGOs that a Law against discrimination would be adopted this autumn.

I urge you to to highlight the importance of this law at the meeting with the Prime Minister, and to demand to know when the law will be voted on in Parliament.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Hårdh
Executive Director, Civil Rights Defenders

Categories: Statements.
Tags: Discrimination, Law against discrimination, and Vlad Filat.
Regions: Moldova and Sweden.