Moldova condemned for discrimination

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Moldova violated the right to freedom of assembly and the prohibition of discrimination when a demonstration for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people’s (LGBT) rights, organised by our partner GenderDoc-M, was banned in 2005.

This is the first time that the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has found Moldova guilty of violating Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which explicitly prohibits discrimination. Moldova is ordered to pay GENDERDOC-M compensation in the amount of 11,000 Euros within three months.

“We are very satisfied with this court ruling. It is a historic moment for the work for equal rights in Moldova. Yet the human rights problems that prevail in Moldova are clearly visible in the considerable amount of cases against Moldova before the European Court of Human Rights”, said Åsa Bergqvist, Programme Officer for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Civil Rights Defenders.

Until 31 December 2011 more than 7,416 applications were submitted to the ECtHR against Moldova and the Court had delivered 227 judgments on the merits of Moldovan cases. Of these applications 887 were submitted in 2007, 1,147 in 2008, 1,322 in 2009 and 945 in 2010. In only one of the 227 judgements the Court found that no violation had been committed. This data shows that the level of observance of the Convention standards in Moldova is insufficient.

The judgment can be found here

Categories: News.
Tags: Discrimination, European Court of Human Rights, and GenderDoc-M.
Regions: Moldova.