On 19th September, a delegation from the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities arrived in Moldova on a monitoring visit.
Independent experts and a representative of the Secretariat of the Council of Europe held meetings with non-governmental organizations, ministries and departments, central and local authorities, international human rights organizations, and journalists to assess how the provisions of the Framework Convention are implemented in Moldova.
We are pleased that the Council of Europe reaffirmed the importance of Moldova’s Jewish community by visiting the Jewish Community Center, on the first day of their visit. The meeting took place in the hall of the Jewish Community of the Republic of Moldova’s synagogue and was attended by a range of leaders and members from a cross-section of Moldova’s Jewish community. The discussion ranged from issues such as access to education, the study of culture and language, freedom of religion, effective equality, protection from discrimination, prevention of antisemitism and commemoration of the Holocaust victims. Members of the community impressed the need to preserve Jewish heritage in Moldova, including taking action against the vandalism and dilapidation of Jewish cemeteries throughout Moldova.
“The Framework Convention is a crucially important document that not only affirms the rights of national minorities, but also identifies practical ways that national minorities can be supported through effective action plans and a system through which compliance with the document’s provisions can be monitored” said Aliona Grossu, the CEO of the Jewish Community of the Republic of Moldova, who also recently completed her second mandate as the First Vice-Chair on the Advisory Committee on 1 June 2022.
The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has been adopted and ratified by thirty-nine states across Europe. The purpose of the document is to enshrine the individual rights of persons belonging to national minorities and the obligations that signatory states must assume to protect the rights of these minority groups. The document includes provisions for a range of issues pertaining to national minorities, including: the free expression of ethnic, cultural and linguistic identities, fighting against discrimination, the preservation and development of cultures, religions and languages of minorities, the promotion of intercultural dialogue and the protection of persons belonging to minorities from hostility or violence, freedom of assembly and association, freedom of expression, thought, conscience and religion. Additionally, states which ratify the convention must undertake provisions to ensure that education is accessible to all and to promote the development of intercultural and cross border cooperation.
More information can be found by clicking on this link: https://www.coe.int/en/web/minorities/republic-of-moldova