11 July 2022

50th session of the UN Human Rights Council

The Jewish Community of the Republic of Moldova spoke on behalf of the World Jewish Congress at the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council

A report on the situation of human rights in the Republic of Moldova was considered and adopted in Geneva, 4 July. This is was the last phase of the third cycle of Universal Periodic Review (UPR). 

Representatives of states, international organizations, as well as civil society participated at the session dedicated to the Republic of Moldova. Among the speakers was the director of the Jewish Community of the Republic of Moldova, Aliona Grossu, who drew the attention that antisemitic incidents must be strongly condemned at the highest political level. The IHRA definition of antisemitism, approved by the Moldovan government, as well as the National Action Plan for 2020-2024 have to be implemented in practice.

An effective step to ensure proper implementation would be to appoint a government antisemitism coordinator who would work in cooperation with the Jewish community. 

The distortion of the Holocaust, as well as the glorification of Nazi criminals must be prohibited and punished in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Code and the Law on Freedom of Expression, with particular emphasis on the training of law enforcement officials, the media and educators. More needs to be done so that the perpetuation of the memory of the victims of the Holocaust becomes part of the education system based on an integrated approach,” Aliona Grossu mentioned. 

Also there is a need to create a museum of Jewish history in Moldova and improve the situation with Jewish cemeteries in the country.

“The lack of protection and reluctance of the authorities in the face of vandalism creates a sense of impunity for the perpetrators and generates a strong sense of distrust and threat among members of the Jewish community in Moldova, and also works to the detriment of social cohesion. We are ready to work together with the government to achieve goals set”, concluded Aliona Grossu.

The Universal Periodic Review is a unique mechanism for reviewing human rights information in all UN Member States. The UPR is part of the Human Rights Council and provides an opportunity for each country to report on the measures it has taken to improve the human rights situation, as well as to fulfill its obligations.

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