Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, A/HRC/7/14/Add.1, 25 February 2008: Moldova (Republic of)
529. The Special Rapporteur and the Special Representative brought to the attention of the Government the situation of the Information Center GenderDoc-M, a non-governmental organisation that defends the rights of sexual minorities in Moldova. The organisation was the subject of an allegation letter sent by the Special Representative to the Secretary-General for Human Rights Defenders on 23 May 2006.
530. According to the information received, on 11 April 2007, Chisinau City Council banned the Moldovan Pride parade, organised by Information Center GenderDoc-M, on the grounds that it could pose a public disorder threat, that it would promote sexual propaganda and that it would undermine Moldovan Christian values. The event was due to take place in Chisinau city between 27 and 29 April 2007 and was planned as part of the Council of Europe’s “All Different, All Equal” campaign. In February 2007, the Supreme Court held that the City Council had acted illegally in banning the event in 2006. According to reports, the Parade was prohibited on two previous occasions. On 28 April 2006, the office of the General Mayor in Chisinau, Moldova rejected an application by the Information Center GenderDoc-M to hold a peaceful demonstration in Chisinau on 5 May 2006. The purpose of this demonstration was to support the adoption of legislation barring discrimination based on sexual orientation. The reported reasons for the rejection of the application were based on “the statements of religious organisations that they will organise protest actions if the demonstration organised by GenderDoc-M is allowed, and also based on letters of complaint from individuals living in Chisinau.” 531. Furthermore, on 16 May 2005 the office of the General Mayor in Chisinau, Moldova reportedly rejected an application to hold a peaceful demonstration in Chisinau to support the adoption of legislation based on sexual orientation. It was also reported that in June 2005 this decision was overturned by the Court of Appeal in Moldova.
532. The Special Rapporteur regrets that he has not received a response to the above communication.
Link to full text of the report: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/7session/A-HRC-7-14-Add1.pdf