MINELRES: Moldova: National Roma Centre demands public apologies from Democratic Party leader
Mon Sep 24 20:46:44 2007
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National Roma Centre demands public apologies from Democratic Party
2007-09-22/08:36 The National Roma Centre demands that the leader of
the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM) Dumitru Diacov should apologize
publicly for his statements regarding the Roma population, which the
Centre describes as 'racist and discriminatory'. Otherwise, they will
notify the Centre for Human Rights of Moldova of the given fact.
Ana Lepadatu, the Centre's president, issued a public protest letter
criticizing the use by Dumitru Diacov of a proverb considered by the
signatory as offensive to the Roma ethnic community. She says that by
using the proverb intentionally, the PDM leader and the MP Dumitru
Diacov showed his prejudices against a national minority and violated
the Constitution of the country and such international documents as
the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities of
the Council of Europe, the Recommendations of the European Commission
against Racism and Intolerance, the United Nations Universal
Declaration of Human Rights etc.
According to the letter, at a news conference Diacov used the proverb
'the gypsy also has money, but there is no use of it' to express his
scepticism towards the leadership skills of Vladimir Filat in
connection with his leaving of the PDM.
The National Roma Centre describes itself as an unpartisan
nongovernmental organization that promotes the rights and interests of
the Roma by monitoring and advocacy activities with the aim of
combating the prejudices and discrimination against Roma and by
creating equal opportunities as regards the access to work, healthcare
services, education and other public
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