Moldovan parliament considering ‘anti-propaganda’ bill

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Last month, the Culture and Education Committee of the Moldovan Parliament approved a bill that seeks to ban ‘homosexual propaganda’, similar to the Russian anti-propaganda law of 2013.

Moldovan flagThe bill would impose fines for spreading “homosexual propaganda” to minors “through public meetings, the media, the Internet,” and other means.

The move comes shortly after a failed attempt to overturn antidiscrimination law, which outlaws discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment.

In 2013, Moldova briefly had an anti-propaganda law, which was annulled by the Parliament three months after its adoption.

Ulrike Lunacek MEP, Co-President of the Intergroup on LGBTI Rights, reacted: “Three years after the Moldovan Parliament annulled an anti-propaganda law, opportunistic politicians unfortunately again seek to scapegoat LGBTI people. This is very worrying.”

“However, as a European state cherishing European values of freedom, equality and non-discrimination, I am confident Moldova and the majority of her lawmakers, will resist the Russian-inspired anti-propaganda bill.”

Tanja Fajon MEP, Vice-President of the LGBTI Intergroup and part of the EU-Moldova delegation, reacted: “Although the content of the bill worries us, I am glad to see that there are politicians speaking out against the bill. It is simply unacceptable that people could be punished for sharing objective information about LGBTI issues.”

“As a fellow parliamentarian, I call on all Moldovan parliamentarians to join in speaking out against this bill, and stand up for the rights of the LGBTI community.”

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