UN Human Rights chief on visit to Chisinau

On a brief visit to Moldova on Thursday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk met with Prime Minister Natalia Gavriliță, national human rights institutions, and civil society representatives, following his four-day visit to Ukraine, IPN reports.

The UN High Commissioner said that Moldova faces socio-economic and humanitarian challenges, arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Pre-existing vulnerabilities have been aggravated. “It is precisely at times when a country faces massive challenges that human rights need to be at the center of the response,” Türk said.

“During my short visit, I had a chance to hear from the vibrant and diverse civil society that is working actively on human rights issues, including aspects of freedom of expression, the need for a better protection for minorities and members of the LGBTQI+ community, as well as for people with disabilities. I look forward to further strengthening our engagement with the Moldovan authorities, national human rights institutions and civil society, particularly as we embark on our year-long commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Türk said.

In the discussion with the UN official, Natalia Gavrilița said the authorities are fully committed to reform the justice sectored, to fight corruption and money laundering, to align the legislation with the international standards and to improve the human rights protection system.

The interlocutors underlined the necessity of preventing actions that encroach on the human rights in the Transnistrian region, considering the possibility of involving the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in the dialogue with Tiraspol.

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