January 20, 2012

IGLYO Condemns Moldovan Decision


IGLYO condemns adoption of the decision “On proclamation of the city of Balti zone of support for Moldovan Orthodox Church and inadmissibility of aggressive propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientations” by the City Council of Balti on 23 February 2012.

The decision bears illegal and discriminatory nature and violates the country’s own constitution, as well as a number of regional and international human rights instruments Moldova is a part of. By “prohibiting aggressive propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientation in any of its manifestation, which is imposed by central authorities of the Republic of Moldova, within the city of Balti”, the decision clearly breaches freedoms of expression and assembly of lesbian, gay and bisexual people. It is known that similar initiatives were adopted in several nearby villages by rural authorities only a few hours later.

IGLYO is deeply concerned by the current situation in Moldova, where hate speech, incitements to discrimination, and violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people by various religious and homophobic extremist groups have become more frequent. IGLYO reiterates that Moldova has voluntarily assumed commitment to implement Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)5 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to Member States on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity, adopted on 31 March 2010, which, among others, affirms the principle that neither cultural, traditional nor religious values, nor the rules of a “dominant culture” can be invoked to justify hate speech or any other form of discrimination, including on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.

IGLYO urges all international and European bodies and organizations to publicly condemn such shameful legislative initiatives in Moldova and bring the country to accountability for violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms of LGBT people.

To contact IGLYO on this issue, please email Jordan Long, Programmes & Policy Officer at jordan@iglyo.com.

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