Tolerance ‘Made in Moldova’
A banner posted in Moldova’s capital of Chisinau recently has a discriminatory message against the sexual minorities of Moldova. Shortly after the sign was installed, Amnesty International Moldova called on the police to remove the banner and punish the perpetrators.
According to Amnesty International, the sign violates Article 354 of the Contravention Code of the Republic of Moldova related to hooliganism. The sign prohibits parking car and “sexual minorities.” The message was posted in Romanian and Russian.
“We qualify this issue as insulting,” said the officials from Amnesty International.
A recent law ensuring equality of changes which also protects the sexual minorities against discrimination was voted by Moldovan Parliament amid strong opposition and debate from the civil society.
The Moldovans are not very tolerant when it comes to homosexuals. According to a survey organized in November 2010, 85% of the respondents said they wouldn’t like the homosexuals to live in Moldova, while 98% said they don’t want a family member to be gay. 96% of the people answered they don’t want to have a gay friend.