On 27 December 2012, a Bill to protect minorities including the LGBT community, from discrimination in the workplace sets fines of up to 9,000 Moldovan lei (£464, $750) and for discrimination leading to death or suicide, a prison sentence of up to six years may be imposed (it being unclear if this applies to sexual minorities). The bill has yet to pass the third and final reading and be signed into law [R1.6].
On 10 September 2012, an Amensty International report called for urgent changes to laws to combat high levels of anti-gay persecution and discrimination against HIV positive people [D1.5], [R1.4].
On 25 May 2012, Moldova adopted a new equality law but “sexual orientation” is not explicitly mentioned in the list of grounds of discrimination covered by the law, apart from in relation to discrimination in the workplace – although it might fall under the wording of ‘any other similar grounds’ [R1.3]. The law is due to come into force 01 January 2013 [R1.4].
On 06 Oc tober 2011, Dirk Schuebel, head of the EU delegation to Moldova, was reported to have urged Moldova to pass an antidiscrimination bill that would protect homosexuals and other minorities if it wants progress on talks for visa-free travel to the EU. The government withdrew the antidiscrimination bill from parliament earlier in the year [R1.2].
In February 2011, a draft antidiscrimination law was submitted to the parliament. The bill would, if passed, outlaw discrimination against anyone on the basis of religion, nationality, ethnic origin, language, religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, political opinion, or social status. It was proposed as part of Moldova’s effort to gain an association agreement with the European Union [R1.1].