Thursday, 10 September 2015

Communication to the Council of Europe about continuing restrictions on LGBT human rights in Moldova

In advance of the next quarterly meeting of the Committee of Ministers' Deputies, which examines the state of execution of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, two NGO(Genderdoc-M and ILGA-Europe) have submitted a communication regarding the case of Genderdoc-M v Moldova

In the submission, Genderdoc-M acknowledge the progress made by law enforcement authorities in respect of LGBT rights that have enabled pride parades to take place in 2014 and 2015. However, they express concern that: the authorities do not fully comply with their obligation to protect persons demonstrating for the rights of LGBTI people and to prosecute counter-demonstrators who act illegally; and that some members of the police force take actions which Genderdoc-M considers are intended to obstruct or otherwise limit the right of its members and supporters to exercise freedom of assembly. 

The communication provides a range of data to substantiate the expressed concerns and requests that the Committee of Ministers, contrary to the request of the Moldovan authorities, do not reclassify the case from "enhanced supervision" to "standard supervision". 

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