Réponses au questionnaire Moldavie

Q. Has there been a UPR report by one or more national NGOs coalitions in your country?

A. Yes. I have prepared and submitted the UPR report on behalf of the Coalition on Non-Discrimination
Prepared a 1,5 page brief report on LGBT rights for the joint report of the Human Rights Resource Group funded by Soros.
And helped draft and proof read the UPR report of GenderDoc-M, (NGO profiled in LGBT rights www.lgbt.md).

Q. Have authorities in your country favorably welcomed NGO interventions on the UPR?

A. Formally yes. Although the consultations with the civil society happened only during one 3 hour session. The representatives of the Ministry of Justice (directly responsible for the State report) advised us to send and follow our recommendations on the draft report on the website justice.gov.md. The UPR section of this web page was empty during the whole preparation period. And informal sources indicated that the state report was ready by the time the consultations with the civil society occurred.

Q. Have you been able to follow the session of the Working Group of the Human Rights Council reviewing your country?

A. Yes. It will happen during fall, 12-th Session.

Q. Have you incorporated UPR and its results for your country in your sensitization, information or human rights and peace education activities?

A. Not yet ☺

Q. In your country and relating to the implementation and follow-up of UPR, dou you exert some influence ? If yes, briefly describe how. If no, shortly explain why.

A. During the preparation process, together with Nadejda Lefter we have conducted 2 trainings on UPR preparation for the civil society from the country.
Gave consultations to other human rights activists or staff members of NGOs on UPR preparation.

Q. Did you ask your country’s competent authorities that human rights be included in school programs and other educational activities ? If yes, briefly describe how.

A. Being a board member of Amnesty International Moldova we have repeatedly asked that Human rights be introduced as an optional subject in schools. Last summer the Minister of Education informed us that it was late for the year of study 2010-2011 to be introduced, but for the year 2011-2012 he gave his approval. Yet, this year impediments in introducing HR subject have been encountered in the same Minister. The informal position is that pupils have already an overcharged agenda and it will be too complicated for them to study one more subject even if optional.

Q. Do you actively participate to sensitization activities in your place of work in order to promote human rights education ? If yes, briefly describe how. If no, shortly explain why.

A. While lobbying for the adoption of the anti-discrimination law, we lobby also for human rights respect and for raising human rights values in the young generation.

Q. Dou you work in a social and political context which makes it difficult to sensitize/educate on human rights ?

A. The influence of the Christian Orthodox church is still very high in the Republic of Moldova.
The Mitropoly (Similar structure as the Russian Patriarchy) of Moldova has successfully lobbied the introduction in schools of the subject of “Basics of Orthodoxy”, even if it is optional, in reality the parents were pressured to sign up for this subject.

The Ministry of Education supported from budget the printing of books for this subject.
For Human Rights subject, on the other hand, there are no available funds.

Q. What is your personal contributions up to now to human rights education and UPR

A. UPR for the Coalition on Non-Discrimination
UPR 1,5 page on LGBT issues
CERD report on Republic of Moldova
CESCR 3 page report n Republic of Moldova.