European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

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Press Release – 15.10.2013

Version in official language of the Republic of Moldova

Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission publishes new report on the Republic of Moldova

Strasbourg, 15.10.2013 – The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published its fourth report on the Republic of Moldova. ECRI’s Chair, Ms Eva Smith, said that, despite the progress achieved, some issues continue to give rise to concern, including the lack of coherent statistical data on racism and racial discrimination and the reluctance of the police to register complaints in this area.

Parliament has passed the Law on Equal Opportunities and set up the Council to Prevent and Combat Discrimination and Ensure Equality; a reform of the Ombudsman institution is planned; the Action Plan for Roma has received an initial funding allocation and work to implement it is progressing; and several minority religious groups have been registered under the Law on Freedom of Conscience, Thought and Religion.

However, the Republic of Moldova has not ratified Protocol No. 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights. A considerable number of people belonging to ethnic minorities do not have identity documents. In several cases of violence with a racist motivation, the police failed to open investigations. The Parliamentary Advocates have never applied to the courts in order to protect the interests of alleged victims of discrimination. Much more funding will be needed to implement the Action Plan for Roma.

In its report, ECRI has made a number of recommendations to the authorities, among which the following three require priority implementation and will be revisited by ECRI in two years’ time:

  • Ratify Protocol No. 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights;
  • Put in place a system for recording and following up racist incidents and systematically collect data on vulnerable groups;
  • Inform vulnerable groups about the legislation and bodies that combat racism, establish regular contact between these bodies and vulnerable groups and carry out effective investigations with a view to providing appropriate redress and punishment.

The report, including Government observations, is available here. It was prepared following ECRI’s contact visit to the Republic of Moldova in November 2012 [Press Release – 23.11.12] and takes account of developments up to 21 March 2012.

ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism, xenophobia, antisemitism, intolerance and discrimination on grounds such as “race”, national/ethnic origin, colour, citizenship, religion and language (racial discrimination); it prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States.

For more information on ECRI: www.coe.int/ecri

Press contact: Stefano Valenti, Tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 43 28, stefano.valenti@coe.int