In 1995, member States of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance, which established the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November.
The message of the International Day for Tolerance, reflected in the UNESCO Declaration of Principles on Tolerance, is that tolerance is much more than passive acceptance of others. Tolerance implies obligations to act and must be cultivated and defended.
On 16 November 2022, the International Day for Tolerance is being marked in the conditions when a war in the center of Europe shocked a whole world.
In the spirit of the UNESCO Declaration of Principles on Tolerance, Moldovans have demonstrated that tolerance means an obligation to act, participation and involvement.
CDA, the only legal NGO in the Republic of Moldova with comprehensive and exclusive expertise in the field of asylum, promoter of refugee rights, and CPEDAE, autonomous public authority with the tasks of preventing and protecting against discrimination, ensuring equality, promoting equal opportunities and diversity, call for continued solidarity with refugees, regardless of the country they come from, to respect their rights according to fundamental human values and norms.
The war in Ukraine and the devastating humanitarian crisis it has caused has created many challenges, but also opportunities for continued engagement in the fight against intolerance and discrimination.
The CDA and CPEDAE reiterate the key points of the UNESCO Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and believe that these are as relevant in 2022 as ever.
We affirm that tolerance is a prerequisite for peace and for the economic and social progress of all peoples and that the intensification of intolerance can lead to confrontation and violence, violation of fundamental rights and freedoms.
The message we want to convey is that hatred, non-acceptance, xenophobia towards refugees cannot and must not be tolerated in the Republic of Moldova.
We strongly condemn any acts of discrimination and bias and urge members of society to fight against inequality, exclusionary practices, and behavior, to act every day, in every community, to prevent such manifestations.
The global wave of support for refugees has reminded us about the power of solidarity. We call on all members of society to act to make Moldova a country that ensures equality, justice, and dignity for all.
We reaffirm that tolerance is an active attitude, which implies the recognition of universal human rights and fundamental human freedoms.