Gavrilita met the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Moldova’s progress in the promotion of human rights was discussed at a meeting of Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk today, December 8. The Prime Minister thanked the High Commissioner for his expertise and the support given to the implementation of the UN mechanisms for the protection of human rights, noting that Moldova pays more attention to this field, reported. “Despite the challenges we are facing – energy and migration crisis, alarming security situation in the region – the authorities are fully involved in the justice reform, combating corruption and money laundering, adjusting legislation to the European standards and improving the human rights protection system,” Natalia Gavrilita said. The prime minister also spoke about the programs developed by the government to support vulnerable categories of people and social strata affected by the economic and energy crises. The Prime Minister also spoke about the documents approved to prevent and combat human trafficking, promote children’s rights and gender equality and to combat violence. This year, Moldova ratified the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The first report on the implementation of the document was approved at the first meeting of the National Human Rights Council this year, chaired by Prime Minister Gavrilita. During the discussions, the need to prevent actions that threaten human rights in the Transdniestrian region was outlined, and the possibility of involving the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the dialogue with Tiraspol was analyzed. UN High Commissioner Volker Türk commended the government’s actions in the field of human rights protection and expressed gratitude on behalf of the entire international community for the efforts made in resolving the refugee crisis.