LGBT community members and the US Embassy welcome the enactment of the Equality of Chances Law
US Embassy in Moldova welcomes the enactment of the Law on Ensuring Equality of Chances, considering it a positive step towards guaranteeing equal rights for all people in Moldova.
“We strongly support Moldova's democratic aspirations and future as a tolerant, European state, and encourage further progress toward these goals. We strongly believe that all people should be free to enjoy the rights and freedoms laid out in international human rights law and to live their lives without fear of discrimination. Therefore, we continue to urge the Government of Moldova to live up to its international commitments to protect the human rights of all individuals in Moldova on an equal basis,” a statement of the US Embassy to Chisinau informs.
Despite of the fact that several changes have been made in the current law, the members of the LGBT community of Moldova are pleased by today’s result.
“We consider that Moldova has made a great step forward. It is obvious for a state which pretends to be democratic and which promotes the European values to vote a bill to protect the equality of all the persons of this country under the same law,” Angela Frolova, the Lobby and Advocacy Program Coordinator of GENDERDOC-M told Moldova.ORG.
According to her, all homosexuals will be protected against discrimination under this law, as well as other marginalized groups from Moldova.
“The advantage for the LGBT people is the same as for all Moldovan citizens – will be protected against discrimination,” Ms. Frolova said.
The Law on Ensuring Equality of Chances, known also as the anti-discrimination law was voted today, May 25 during a Parliamentary session. 53 deputies voted in favor, while four voted against the bill. The new act will go into force from January 2013.