In April 2017, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has concluding its findings on the tenth and eleventh report of the Republic of Moldova.
Committee Experts welcomed the report and noted significant progress in both legislative framework and political bodies. This included the new National Human Rights Plan of Action 2017-2021, which focused on the rights of national, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities. Cases of discrimination based on the grounds of racial, ethnic, religious and linguistic identity were reported rare and not systematic.
The Committee however, also expressed concern that the Roma community continues to be one of the most vulnerable and highly marginalized groups in the country. Roma children continue to have high levels of social prejudice and low school attendance, particularly at the secondary level. This correlates to a high level of unemployment, as 75 percent of the unemployed Roma had no education whatsoever or only primary-level education. Experts questioned the degree to which medical care was available to Roma people of low income, the existence of housing plans for Roma communities, and expressed concern at the lack of Roma mediators due to poor social service financing.
Questions were additionally raised at the discrimination of minority women and a rising level of hate speech during the latest Presidential campaign, especially against Muslims.
In response, Vera Petuhov, Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Interethnic Relations concluded that the Government would pay close attention to the concerns presented. She also assured the Council that the Government would continue to promote the culture and traditions of minorities.
Measures had been taken to involve the Roma in education, and that the numbers of the Roma children not attending school had declined. She also explained that funds has been made available for Roma families to buy school materials, including clothes and shoes. The New Plan of Action on Roma 2016-2020 would focus on concrete measures in education, health, social services, development and housing.
Please find the reports and committee findings on the link below.