CHISINAU, May 9, 2008 – Mayor
Dorin Chirtoaca has banned the Gay Pride parade in the Moldovan capital.
The parade, part of “Rainbow over the Dniester” is scheduled to take place
on Sunday (May 11).
But Pride organisers, GenderDoc-M,
say that the Mayor has no power to ban the march.
According to the new Moldovan law
on public manifestations, local authorities have no right to prohibit a
public manifestation, GenderDoc-M say
If the authorities have proof that
there could be serious trouble at an event like Gay Pride march, then it is
the decision of a court of law as to any ban.
“The decision [by the Mayor] has no
legal value.” GenderDoc-M said in a statement today.
The reasons for any prohibition are
also clearly limited by the law. And the letter from the Mayor banning the
Gay Pride parade does not cite and legitimate reason, except for “violation
of public morality”.
But Moldovan courts have previously
established that GenderDoc-M Gay Pride parades are not violating public
morality. Last ear, the Moldova Supreme Court ruled that in banning a
previous Gay Pride march the Chisinau city authorities had violated not only
the Moldovan constitution, but also European Convention for Human Rights.
It is the sixth time that a
peaceful LGBT demonstration has been banned in Moldova, despite pressure and
criticism of the Council of Europe, European Union and the Organisation for
Security and Cooperation in Europe.
“From the police, city hall and
mass-media we have learned that a number of groups is planning violent
attacks on pride participants,” the statement said.
“We believe that the unlawful
decision of the city hall was designed to shift the responsibility for any
victims of this violence from local authorities and the police to pride
“The actions of the Chisinau city
hall and the police are in violation of the European Convention for Human
Rights and the Universal Declaration for Human Rights, to which Moldovan is
a signatory, as well as other international human rights obligations of the
Moldovan state. It is also against the European Charter of Fundamental
Rights of the European Union, which Moldova has aspirations to join.
“We believe that human rights
belong to all people, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Everyone has the right to expression in a public space. We therefore call on
Chisinau mayor to withdraw the ban, and on Moldovan law-enforcement
authorities to provide adequate protection to pride participants.”
Authorities OK Gay Pride Parade for First Time. Organisers of the
Gay Pride in Moldova – “Rainbow over the Dniester” – are hopeful of being
able to stage a parade this year in the country’s capital, Chisinau.
(UK Gay News, May 6, 2008
Claimed by Gays in Moldova at Chisinau ‘Pride’. Organisers
of the Moldova ‘Gay Pride’ – Rainbow over the Dniester – have claimed a
victory over the Chisinau city authorities. (UK Gay News, May 3, 2007)
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Posted: 9 May 2008 at
19:30 (UK time)