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Help Moldova awarded
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Help Moldova´s LOW VISION Association has been awarded by The United Nations in Moldova for outstanding activity on social inclusion of persons with visual impairments on both sides of Nistru River.

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“You are among the Champions who inspired many and who can motivate many more!”
Dafina Gercheva, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Moldova

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The United Nations in Moldova marked on Friday, December 9th 2016, with awards, outstanding achievements in human rights in Moldova in 2016. Organized since 2004 each year on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the UN Gala of Human Rights Awards highlights and awards the most valuable, innovative, effective and participatory initiatives and actions to protect and promote human rights in Moldova.

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Representing Help Moldova and Low Vision Centre: Tatiana Ghidirimshi, Hans Bjørn Bakketeig and Ludmila Zolotco.

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“Today, at this event, we come to greet our champions – organizations and individuals who showed courage, creativity and perseverance in advancing human rights in Moldova. Champions who inspired many and who can motivate many more”, said Dafina Gercheva, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Moldova.

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The Diploma awarded by the United Nations Moldova.

The 2016 edition included six awards for major achievements in human rights:

  1. LOW VISION Association, for its outstanding activity on social inclusion of persons with visual impairments on both sides of Nistru River;
  2. Keystone International Association in Moldova, for outstanding support in development of community services for people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities;
  3. Dmitry Kuzuk, for his outstanding activity in social inclusion and combating stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination against people with disabilities;
  4. Canal Regional, for the series of talk-shows ‘Șanse Egale’ (Equal Opportunities) on human rights and discriminated groups in Moldova;
  5. Natalia Vozian, for her brave and innovative initiative DARE2Change, the first leadership program for people with disabilities in Moldova;
  6. Legal Resources Center of Moldova for substantial contribution in justice reforms, and improvement of domestic legislation on public funding of non-governmental organizations (‘Law 2%’).

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Dafina Gercheva, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Moldova, number two from the right, said: “You are among the Champions who inspired many and who can motivate many more!”
From left: Nune Mangasaryan, UNICEF representative in Moldova, Dr Tatiana Ghidirimshi, Director Low Vision, Hans Bjørn Bakketeig, Leder Help Moldova, Dafina Gercheva, UN/UNDP, and Veacelav Balan, Nacional Coordinator of the High Commisioner fro Human Rights.

The award winners were selected following an open competition in which 24 applications were submitted. Nominations were subsequently examined by a technical committee, which includes development partners and representatives of civil society, including the Gagauz ATU and Transnistria. The criteria used in evaluation included creativity, perseverance, dedication and courage proven in promoting human rights and impact of these actions on human lives. At the next stage, a Board of 6 representatives of the UN, human rights institutions and development partners approved the awards.

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From the ceremony

2016 brought a number of significant events in the field of human rights in the Republic of Moldova. This year, Moldova was visited by the Assistant of the UN Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic and the UN Special Rapporteur on Minorities Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, and was examined by the UN Committee for Human Rights in terms of respect of civil and political rights. Additionally, the respect for human rights in Moldova was evaluated by the UN Human Rights Council under the Universal Periodic Review mechanism. The Republic of Moldova received a large number of recommendations for improvement and 2017 will be a decisive year for ensuring their implementation.

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Link to UN Moldova:

http://md.one.un.org/content/unct/moldova/en/home/presscenter/press-releases/onu-moldova-premiaz-realizrile-notabile-in-domeniul-drepturilor-.html

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Text and photo from UN Moldova and Tatiana Ghidirimshi/Low Vision Centre

Edited by Kåre Ness/Help Moldova