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The United Nations in Moldova Awards Human Rights Achievements in 2011

11.12.2011

gala_13877-13236-09029-10CHISINAU, 10 December 2011 - The United Nations awarded today outstanding achievements in the field of human rights in the Republic of Moldova in 2011, during a festive ceremony organized on the occasion of the Human Rights Day, marked annually on December 10. Broadcast live by the public TV Moldova 1, the UN Human Rights Gala of Awards brings together Moldovan high officials, representatives of international organizations and diplomatic corps, civil society organizations and mass media. 

The 2011 edition included six human rights awards for civil society and mass-media. Three awards were made in the civil society category. Attorney Doina Ioana Straisteanu was awarded for her work related to violence against women, discrimination against Roma, ensuring the rights for LGBT groups and persons in the Transnistrian region. The NGO Promo-LEX was awarded for its work on human rights in the Transnistrian region. Amnesty International Moldova was recognized for its human rights education activities.

Awards for promoting human rights in mass-media were given to Natalia Ghilascu, Marin Turea and Moldova 1’s Stella Jemna for their work on various aspects of discrimination in Moldova. A group of journalists -- Vitalie Dogaru from Publika TV, Nata Albot from Jurnal TV and “Adevarul” newspaper – were awarded for a media campaign against intolerance towards children with physical disabilities. The weekly TV programme “Reporter de Garda” received the award for wide-ranging investigative work on human rights violations in Moldova.

“The year of 2011 was an intense year for human rights in the Republic of Moldova. The United Nations have been proud to support many important human rights activities, such as Moldova’s first Universal Periodic Review, the visits of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, the adoption of the National Human Rights Action Plan for 2011-2014 and the approval of the justice sector reform strategy by the Parliament”, said Kaarina Immonen, UN Resident Coordinator, during the awards ceremony. “The Muslim community was officially recognized, an important achievement.  Together with partners we worked on the adoption of a comprehensive anti-discrimination law, opening a number of important public debates. In this and many other areas, there is important work ahead for all of us in 2012 and beyond.”

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 2011 edition was supported by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The source: http://www.un.md/news_room/pr/2011/HumanRightsGala_10Dec/index.shtml