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Tuesday, 10 April 2012 16:36

Moldova To Study Anti-Discrimination Law

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The Parliament of Moldova will study soon an anti-discrimination law including protections based on sexual orientation but, as Human Rights Watch underlines, this law is not yet sufficient because it does not provide protections based on gender identity.

"Leaving a vulnerable group like transgender people out of this key law risks leaving them unprotected in their daily lives," said Boris Dittrich, advocacy director for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights at Human Rights Watch. "The importance of specifying gender identity for protection from discrimination is well recognized in human rights law and should be a specific protected ground. Including gender identity in the new law would send a message that equality is truly for everyone."

As Human Rights Watch wrote, gender identity as well as sexual orientation are recognized by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Moldova has to fulfill its obligations and has to respect the UN treaties on protections against discriminations.

Moreover, Moldova is also part of Council of Europe whose Committee of Ministers had invited the member states to pass protections laws inlcuding measures to protect lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders.


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