Cautious openness towards democratic values

In the years 2009-2010 Moldova saw cautious improvements in terms of respect for human rights, compared to previous years, according to a report compiled within the frame of our cooperation with Promo-LEX.

– This report presents the most severe and frequent cases of human rights violation in Moldova. Together with Promo-LEX we make people in Moldova adequately informed about the “de facto” human right situation. We hope that the report will serve as a base for dialogue between civil society actors and state authorities in efforts to improve the state of human rights in Moldova, said Åsa Bergqvist, Programme Officer at Civil Rights Defenders.

Freedom of expression became more respected in 2010, after the adoption of the law on freedom of expression and there has also been an openness towards democratic values and principles. However, several grave problems remain in terms of human rights.

Ill-treatment in custody is widespread and the conditions in prisons continue to be a cause for grave concern. Numerous cases of torture and ill-treatment in detention facilities were registered during the years 2009-2010.

Although Moldovan law guarantees access to justice and procedural fairness, these rights are frequently violated in practice. Non-compliance with the law is explained by the widespread corruption and insufficient education in human rights among judges and lawyers.

The most serious human rights violations occurred in the region of Transnistria, where the local population faces discrimination, in terms of minimum conditions of equality before the law and access to state institutions and services.

Moldova has no law against discrimination and persons with disabilities, LGBT people, elderly, women and ethnic and religious minorities often face discrimination.

Human Rights in Moldova

Categories: Achievements.
Tags: Human rights report, Promo-LEX, and Promolex.
Regions: Moldova.