Annual competition for best actions to promote human rights in Moldova launched
13 May 2015

CHISINAU,  13 May 2015 — The United Nations launched today the 11th edition of the competition for the best actions to promote and protect human rights in the Republic of Moldova. Organized since 2004, the competition aims to highlight and award creative, innovative, effective, timely and engaged human rights initiatives and actions.

“We look to the public to propose the names of excellent people, organizations or entities, deserving recognition for their contributions to human rights in the Republic of Moldova”, said Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova.

The competition is based on nominations with the public being encouraged to nominate civil society organizations, journalists, media organizations, public authorities, or others who have made a genuine contribution to the human rights promotion and protection in Moldova during September 2014-August 2015.

Similar to previous years, the nominations can be submitted in Romanian, English, Russian or in any minority language of the Republic of Moldova online at or to the United Nations House in Chisinau. The regulation of the competition is available at

Materials derived from the public consultation process, as well as on the basis of other materials available, including through independent research, will be reviewed by a team of experts and an independent board consisting of representatives of international organizations and independent experts.  

The winners will be announced and awarded during the UN Human Rights Gala of Awards, organized annually on December 10, Human Rights Day.

Human rights are at the core of the United Nations’ work in Moldova and an integral part of its development programmes and policy formulation. Areas of human rights engagement by UN Moldova in the recent years include combating torture and ill-treatment; elimination of violence against women, children and older persons; promotion of the rights of migrants, refugees and stateless people; combating discrimination and working toward the inclusion of vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, excluded minority groups such as Roma and other marginalized persons or groups. 

Further information is available by contacting Xenia Siminciuc: or Violeta Fetescu:


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