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The Pride in Chisinau is not threatened

in MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF, 16/05/2005

Moldovan authorities deny the right for peaceful manifestation of LGBT manifestation

Municipal authorities of Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, have refused to authorize a peaceful manifestation in support of anti-discrimination legislation for sexual minorities. The manifestation was planned to take place on 20 May before the Moldovan Parliament within the Fourth Moldovan LGBT Pride, organized by the Information Centre GenderDoc-M.

In his rejection letter the interim city mayor Mr. Vasile Ursu makes reference to the fact, that Moldova "has already a law on national minorities" and there is no point in a manifestation. During the discussion by the municipal committee of the declaration to hold a manifestation, such reasons as church opinion and the fact that "in Moldova minorities are more protected than the healthy and native
population" were mentioned.

GenderDoc-M considers these arguments irrelevant, used with the only purpose to refuse its authorization. Moreover, the refusal violates basic human rights such as the freedom of expression and freedom of assembly guaranteed by the European Convention for Human Rights. The decision of the municipal authorities undermines the Moldovan authorities' commitments under the EU-Moldova Action Plan, which include the adoption of anti-discrimination legislation in-line with the European standards. GenderDoc-M is taking the case before the Court of Appeal where it hopes to find a rational judgment. We also call upon representatives of the European institutions and the EU Member States to touch upon the subject of LGBT rights with the Moldovan authorities, and in particular of this incident.

Despite this unpleasant event the Fourth Moldovan Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride "Rainbow over the Nistru - 2005" will take place as planned during 20-22 May 2005. The program includes the movie week, transgender discussion club, international conference on LGBT advocacy, football match between straight men and lesbian women, colorful concerts, etc. Pride guests of honor are Mr. Gustav Fridolin, member of the Swedish Parliament, Mr. Hans Ytterberg, Ombudsman for Sexual Minorities Rights (Sweden), and Mrs. Deborah Lambilotte, intersexual gender activist (Belgium). Other guests include LGBT activists from Great Britain, Austria, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Romania, the Netherlands and other countries.

For more information please contact Maxim Anmeghichean, GenderDoc-M - Executive Director at director@gay.md or by phone: /37322/ 544420, 544054.
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