News came from Brussels on Friday
afternoon that the Chisinau city authorities had, for the third year
running, banned a Gay Pride public event.
Making this news more incredible is
the fact that the ban on this year’s Pride comes just months after the
Moldovan Supreme Court ruled that last year’s ban by the city authorities
Unconfirmed reports suggest that
the reason the Chisinau city authorities banned the public parts of Gay
Pride were possible public disorder – and the promotion of sex which was
contrary to Christian values in Moldova.
Sources in Brussels say that the
public Gay Pride event could well turn into a protest of the violation of
human rights by the Chisinau city authorities.
UK Gay News
has being trying to contact the Moldovan LGBT organisation GenderDoc-M since
Friday to get further details – and to find out exactly which events planned
for their “Rainbow over the Nistru – 2007” Gay Pride event due to be held
between April 27 and 29 have been banned.
However, communication with
GenderDoc-M has been hampered as the IP address that this organisation uses
for email has been “blacklisted” by an organisation called SORBS because
they received one spam email apparently sent from the same IP address.
Research over the weekend suggests
that SORBS is a self-appointed – and apparently unregulated – group that
will arbitrarily “blacklist” IPs without checking whether the “blacklisting”
This is unlike reputable
organisations like the Swiss-based SpamHaus organisation which runs checks
with “owners” of IP addresses before blacklisting.
Unfortunately, the internet service
provider Telemedia Group in Moldova, which provides internet facilites for
GenderDoc-M, subscribes to the SORBS blacklist. Appeals to Telemedia Group
to “de-list” the IP address have so far fallen on deaf ears.
Banning of Gay Pride in Chisinau Unlawful – Supreme
Court. The Supreme Court of the Republic of Moldova ruled today
that the refusal of the Chisinau city hall to authorise the gay and lesbian
solidarity march in the city last year was unlawful. Article also in
Russian on this page [UK Gay News, February 13, 2007]
Moldova Reminded That Right to Freedom of
Assembly for Gays Is Prerequisite to EU Accession.
As the start of the so-called Pride Season 2007 comes closer on the LGBT
community calendars, the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian
Rights is focusing its attention on the situation in Moldova, an applicant
State for European Union membership.
[UK Gay News, December 21,
Moldovan Capital Refuses Gays Permission to
Assemble for Pride.
News that the mayor of Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, has
turned down a request for a demonstration outside the Parliament building
has drawn criticism from the International Lesbian and Gay Association
[UK Gay News, April 29,
Moldovan Authorities Ban Gay Rally Outside Parliament.
Just days before the fourth Pride event to be staged in the Moldova capital,
organizers received a set-back when they were refused permission to hold a
rally outside Parliament.
[UK Gay News, May
Posted: 16 April 2007 at
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