UN Moldova marks with awards the most outstanding human rights actions in 2015
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11 December 2015

The United Nations in Moldova marked with awards the most outstanding achievements in the field of human rights in the Republic of Moldova in 2015 during a ceremony broadcast live by the public TV Moldova 1 and Radio Moldova.

Organized since 2004 each year on international Human Rights Day, December 10, the UN Gala of Human Rights Awards highlights and awards the most creative, innovative, high-impact and courageous human rights initiatives and actions in Moldova for the past year.

“Today we are celebrating the International Human Rights Day, and 67th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights! We will mark this event by acknowledging the courage, creativity, and inspirational leadership of Moldova’s human rights champions, organizations and persons who will receive awards for their instrumental contribution to moving forward and upward human rights agenda in Moldova and making sure no one is left behind”, said Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator / UNDP Resident Representative in Moldova.

The 2015 awards for outstanding achievements in the field of human rights were given to:

  • Alliance of Community Centers for Access to Information and Training (Infonet), for promoting an innovative and inclusive approach to ensuring the right of persons with disabilities to participate in elections.
  • “Floare de Cireș”, a social enterprise, for promoting the right of persons with disabilities to work and independent living.
  • “Initiativa Pozitivă”, for raising public awareness and increasing visibility of people living with HIV.
  • Oleg Brega, a civic activist and an independent 2014 parliamentary candidate, for actively promoting transparency and advocating for the right to be elected independently, including for underrepresented groups.
  • Council on Prevention and Elimination of Discrimination and Ensuring Equality, an autonomous state institution, for its proactive stance in and commitment to fighting discrimination and raising public awareness about equality.  
  • Asociaţia Comunitară Locală “Singereii Noi”, for making active efforts in implementing a human-rights-based approach to community development.  

In addition to the six awards, the civic activist and human rights defender Nata Scobioala received an Honourable Mention for her outstanding commitment to seeking justice for those in need, giving voice to the voiceless and humanitarian activity.

“We are all different and this is part of human nature. We are of different nationalities, gender, religion, health status and convictions. But human rights bridges us all. This international day is an opportunity to reiterate our commitment to advance the human rights agenda”, noted Vladimir Turcan, president of the Parliament Commission on human rights and inter-ethnic relations.

All winners were selected with public consultations and evaluated by an expert Board made of representatives of Moldova’s development partners and Moldovan civil society, including from Gagauzia and Transnistrian region. Criteria used in the assessment included creativity, perseverance, commitment and courage shown in promoting human rights with high impact on people's lives.

This year saw a series of important steps in the field of human rights. The new Ombudsperson was appointed by the Parliament on the basis of a new law. The country’s Equality Council delivered critical decisions on landmark cases. Implementation of important human rights policy documents was concluded - the second National Human Rights Action Plan, the second National Action Plan on Gender Equality, the second National Action Plan on Support of Roma. During the year the Republic of Moldova welcomed the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, who provided a critical and honest assessment of the situation of persons with disabilities in the country.

At the same time, 2016 brings to Moldova a number of very serious human rights challenges. The Republic of Moldova will undergo its second Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council and it will have an opportunity to put in place its next National Human Rights Action Plan, building on the strengths and weaknesses of the previous two such plans.

Further decisive steps in ensuring equality for all will be on the agenda, including the adoption of gender quotas for political offices, reforms related to legal capacity, deinstitutionalization, and social inclusion of persons with disabilities, Roma, HIV+, further strengthening of the National Human Rights Institutions, ratification of the optional protocols to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.      

For additional information, please contact: Laura Bohantova, tel +373 685 11 883, E-mail: laura.bohantova@one.un.org

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