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Moldovan premier meets UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Prime Minister Vlad Filat today met United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay, the government's communication and press relations department has said.

Filat welcomed the visit of Ms. Navanethem Pillay to Moldova, noting that it is the first one paid by a UN high commissioner for human rights. The prime minister also said that the visit is very relevant in the context of Moldova's reforms in the human rights field.

At the meeting, the officials discussed a wide range of subjects, in particular the situation of Moldova's legislation on human rights, the implementation of the legal provisions in this respect, as well as the actions undertaken by the Moldovan government to ensure the observance of the fundamental human rights in Moldova, including via the social inclusion of the national minorities, as well as the fight against human trafficking and domestic violence.

In the context, Filat said that the observance of human rights is among the government's priorities, noting that this is a problem on the left bank of the Dniester river. Moreover, the prime minister said that Moldova further relies on the support and pertinent assistance provided by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Filat advocated the expansion of the mechanisms for the protection of human rights in the Transnistrian region, asking for the appointment of an UN Councillor for Human Rights, who would deal with this issue in the Transnistrian region.

Filat praised the activity carried out by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and by its Chisinau-based Office, noting that the Moldovan government decided to voluntarily contribute to the continuation of these actions starting from 2012.

The prime minister also spoke in favour of the promotion of a new approach towards Moldova, by changing the international perception on the county and by taking actions to combat the phenomenon of human trafficking in Moldova.

For her part, Navanethem Pillay highly praised the Moldovan government s activity, and the one of Prime Minister Vlad Filat, in particular, from the view-point of the attained achievements in the policies of national minorities, freedom of expression, etc. The UN high commissioner for human rights highlighted the need to boost the implementation of the launched reforms, including of the justice and law-enforcement bodies, advocating the enforcement of the recommendations made by the UN in the context of the most topical problems of Moldova and of other countries.

At the end of the meeting, Filat suggested that Ms. Pillay should meet a tax inspector of the Tighina Fiscal Inspectorate, Ilie Cazac, who had been unlawfully arrested by the state security ministry of the Transnistrian republic, and who was set free two days ago.

"For Ilie Cazac this meeting is very important, since our partners, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, had also contributed to his release. We are very grateful to them for their help," Filat said.

At the meeting with the former Transnistria-jailed tax inspector, Navanethem Pillay said that the UN strongly backs the people detained in the Transnistrian region, noting that the United Nations had also advocated the release of Ilie Cazac. The UN high commissioner for human rights said that she was very happy to meet him in these very circumstances, noting that initially, the meeting was scheduled at the Tiraspol-based prison.

"Unfortunately, many people are presently in the same situation that you previously faced. They need our support. I am going to approach this issue in Tiraspol, tomorrow, under all aspects," the UN official said.

Ilie Cazac thanked the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for the given support that had contributed to his release.


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