April 4, 2011

UN Recommends Moldova to Ensure Proportional Representation of National Minorities Executive Power Organs

Chisinau, April 1 ( INFOTAG ). The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial discrimination (CERD) is recommending the Moldovan authorities to ensure a proportional representation of national minorities in the system of state executive and judiciary powers, Valery Klimenko, Chairman of the Ravnopraviye [Equal Rights] Socio-Political Movement, stated at a news conference in Infotag today.

He said that the present-day condition of national minorities' rights in Moldova has attracted the United Nations' attention.

"Having studied the situation in Moldova, UN experts expressed alarm about the constant difficulties, which non-title nationalities in Moldova come across, namely a restricted access to the labor market, a very low level of participation in state governance, in political life, and a very restricted representation of certain minorities in parliament, for instance the Roma people", said Valery Klimenko.

In his words, Ravnopraviye has repeatedly drawn the Moldovan authorities' attention to numerous facts of discrimination of national minorities, "and now Ravnopraviye has received the United Nations' support, too".

"This shameful practice was used both during the MCP governance period and under the Alliance for European Integration. When Premier Filat was recently proposed to ensure the national minorities' proportional representation in power organs, he reacted with a wrathful and peremptory reply, claiming that state power is shared by those who win parliamentary elections", said Klimenko.

Valery Klimenko stressed that Ravnopraviye is again addressing Moldova's Acting President and Speaker of Parliament Marian Lupu and Prime Minister Vladimir Filat with a demand to eliminate the discrimination and thus meet the United Nations recommendations by ensuring the minorities' representation at the level of 25% in the whole executive power system as well as in courts.

"Otherwise we will again address the United Nations and it will itself make a conclusion about how perceptive the democratic Moldovan authorities are to the UN recommendations", said the Ravnopraviye leader.


Chisinau, April 1 ( INFOTAG ). A unification of the ethnic Russian communities of Moldova and Transnistria will deprive the Alliance for European Integration of a perspective to remain in power because in such case Transnistria residents will come to take part in the political process in Moldova, believes Valery Klimenko, Chairman of the Ravnopraviye [Equal Rights] Socio-Political Movement.

He said at the news conference in Infotag today that the Russian Federation's policy is aimed at consolidation of the Russian world, so that Russian ethnic communities in all countries stand up as a unified force to resolve their problems.

"Though Moscow recommends such communities to unite, the Union of Russian Communities of Transnistria does not wish to unite with colleagues in mainland Moldova. Well, this is their right. They believe that the Transnistrian Moldovan Republic is an independent state, so they cannot unite efforts with analogous organizations in another state", said Klimenko.

In his words, their arguments are reasonable, and "they are right, saying that the problems existing in Moldova do not exist in Transnistria - the languages problem, absence of national minority representatives in power organs, discrimination phenomena and other".

"With an account of how Transnistria poses this question, we can say that unification of Russian communities will be possible only upon unification of the Republic of Moldova and Transnistria", said Valery Klimenko.