Safety, Lives of LGBT Moldovans Under Immediate Threat; Action Needed Now!
A C T I O N A L E R T | Your Help Urgently Needed
The safety and human rights of LGBT people in the Eastern European nation of Moldova are under threat right now.
The government of Moldova is threatening to arrest Rev. Elder Diane Fisher and Eastern European LGBT activist Florin Buhuceanu if they hold worship services for the LGBT community this weekend.
And they are refusing to provide police protection, despite numerous death threats made against Diane and Florin and the LGBT community there.
The government is also refusing police protection for this weekend's LGBT Pride March in Moldova's capital city of Chisinau, where members of the International Lesbian and Gay Association of Europe and Romania's human rights organization, ACCEPT, are also gathered. All legal procedures were followed to obtain the appropriate permits, and despite early promises, the mayor of Chisinau has withdrawn approval for the march permits.
At last report, the government will allow a maximum of 50 LGBT people and their supporters to march -- but will allow an unlimited number of anti-gay protestors to gather -- all without police protection.
Moldova's government urgently needs to hear -- NOW! -- from people of goodwill around the globe!
Your e-mails will help to protect LGBT Moldovans and their supporters who are taking the first bold steps toward forming a community and seeking equality under the law.
And your e-mails can help stop the threats of arrest and harassment made against Rev. Elder Diane Fisher, activist Florin Buhuceanu, and Moldova's growing, fledgling LGBT community.
Here are four steps you can take to make an immediate difference:
1. Write a brief e-mail to the Moldovan government. Ask them to honor their nation's laws and to allow the peaceful gathering of LGBT people and their supporters. Ask that the rights of LGBT people be protected. Let them know the eyes of the world are focused on Moldova this week.
2. Send your e-mail to as many of the following contacts as possible:
-- Moldovan Ministry of Justice -- email@example.com
-- Moldovan Ministry of Social Protection -- firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Moldovan Advocate for Human Rights -- email@example.com
-- Moldova's Embassy in Washington, DC -- firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Chisinau City Hall (Moldova's Capital City) - email@example.com
3. Forward this Action Alert to friends, LGBT groups, and listservs.
4. All people of faith are encouraged to hold LGBT Moldovans and their supporters in your prayers, and to pray for a breakthrough from the Moldovan government.
The situation is critical. Time is of the essence. Your help can make a difference. Please, please take action now.
From the MCC Global Justice Team
The Reverend Pat Bumgardner, Chair
Moldovan Ministry of Justice -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Moldovan Ministry of Social Protection -- email@example.com
Moldovan Advocate for Human Rights -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Moldova's Embassy in Washington, DC -- email@example.com
Chisinau City Hall (Moldova's Capital City) - firstname.lastname@example.org
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