Moldovan Activists Accuse Lawmakers Of Secretly Adopting ‘Gay-Propaganda’ Law
In late May, the Moldovan lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community held a landmark tolerance festival that was hailed as a step toward liberalization for the poor, conservative, former Soviet country.
But just three days after the festival ended it became known that lawmakers in Chisinau passed a law that gay-rights advocates say mirrors similar legislation adopted in Russia and Lithuania.
The revelation that the measure was passed on May 23 and signed into law by President Nicolae Timofti on July 5 has surprised observers who see it as running counter to the ruling coalition’s drive toward closer relations with the European Union. At the bloc’s Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius in November, Chisinau hopes to sign an Association Agreement with the EU.
Angela Frolov is the head of the gay-rights NGO GenderDoc-M in Chisinau. Although her group monitors such developments carefully, she says they learned about the new law only after it was officially published on July 12, the date the measure came into effect. It’s a development she finds alarming.
…Although the measure does not mention homosexuality explicitly, activists say it is “virtually identical” to laws passed in Russia and Lithuania. In June, the Council of Europe found that such laws are “incompatible” with the values of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Moldovan measure was passed together with a raft of some 16 laws adopted in the two-day session at the end of May with no public notice or discussion. The parliament has not publicized details of the voting.
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