Leonid Manakov Addressed the 54th Session of the UN Human Rights Council


The Head of the PMR Official Representation in the Russian Federation, Leonid Manakov, addressed the participants of the 54th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in an online format. He stressed that Pridnestrovians continue to face extensive restrictions in all spheres of life activity and violation of fundamental rights and freedoms on the part of Moldova.

“Restrictions on the import of socially important goods to Pridnestrovie, including medicines, food and medical equipment, are still in place. The right of Pridnestrovians to free movement is massively violated, and there are tendencies to toughen the banking blockade,” the diplomat said.

Of particular concern, Leonid Manakov said, is the law on separatism adopted in Moldova this year, despite criticism from the OSCE. It created a legal basis for expanding the practice of criminal prosecution on political grounds of Pridnestrovian citizens, which grossly violates the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and bilateral agreements.

“In this regard, I call on the Human Rights Council to pay the closest attention to the plight of the Pridnestrovians, to take urgent measures to restore their violated rights and to prevent further restrictions from the authorities of Moldova,” the Head of Representation said.