On Human Rights Day, Excellent Human Rights Action in Moldova in 2012 Recognised

10 Dec 2012

Outstanding achievements in the field of human rights in the Republic of Moldova in 2012 were today recognized during a ceremony organized by the United Nations on the occasion of the Human Rights Day, marked annually on December 10. Broadcast live by the public TV Moldova 1, Radio Moldova and the portal Privesc.eu, the UN Human Rights Gala of Awards brought together high officials, representatives of international organizations and diplomatic corps, civil society organizations and mass media.

The 2012 edition included seven awards for outstanding achievements in the past year:

Artiom Zavadovsky, member of the LGBT community, was awarded for his bravery in promoting the human rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in Moldova. Risking his own safety, he participated – sometimes alone -- in a series of public events defending the rights of this highly stigmatized group in Moldova. Valeriu Căldăraru, Romani activist and community mediator, was awarded for a range of activities combating discrimination and promoting social inclusion of Roma in Moldova. The Association of Families with Children with Disabilities from Tiraspol, an organisation in the Transnistrian region, was awarded for promoting the rights of children with disabilities and their families on the left bank of the Nistru River.

Newspaper “Spros i Predlojenie” (SP) from Bălți was awarded for excellent public service journalism, while Radio Free Europe received an award for human rights-based reporting, in particular in relation to their coverage of the Justice Sector reform.

The Department of  Social Assistance and Family Protection (DSAFP) from Ungheni Raion was awarded for its innovative approach in making human rights a reality by focusing on the implementation of the  Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children endorsed by the UN General Assembly in November 2009. The Information Centre “GenderDoc-M”, Moldova’s premiere LGBT rights organisation, received an award for its work on combating discrimination through litigation, advocacy and awareness-raising activities.

“Moldova has many human rights successes to celebrate”, said Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova, during the awards ceremony. “This year saw steps to protect persons living with HIV/AIDS, and empower those with intellectual disabilities. Government adopted an Action Plan to better include Roma people in all spheres of life. Moldova sheltered refugees from Syria. We witnessed a vibrant partnership among politicians, public officials, civil society and communities to combat violence against girls and women and to protect children’s rights to grow up in a family”.

Moldova has many human rights successes to celebrate. This year saw steps to protect people living with HIV/AIDS, and empower those with intellectual disabilities. Government adopted an Action Plan to better include Roma people in all spheres of life. We witnessed a vibrant partnership among politicians (national and local), public officials, civil society and communities to combat violence against girls and women and to protect children’s rights to grow up in a family.

All winners were selected based on a process of public consultation and evaluated by human rights experts in the country. The criteria used in the assessment process included creativity, perseverance, commitment and courage shown in promoting human rights with high impact on people's lives.

The UN Human Rights Gala of Awards is organized by the United Nations in Moldova annually on the Human Rights Day. The 2012 edition was supported by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

More information about the 2012 UN Human Rights Awards at www.un.md

Contact Information

Ludmila Tiganu, Communications Specialist, tel. (+373 22) 269 112, email: ludmila.tiganu@one.un.org