Mutual incrimination between Moldova and Transnistria over education right
The leadership from Transnistria, Moldova’s breakaway region says that the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is a political one and does not face the reality. Moreover, the so-called ministry of foreign affairs of the separatist region said in a press release that the right to education of the students learning in Latin-script schools in Transnistria was violated by the authorities in Chisinau, not by Tiraspol (so-called capital of Transnistria). According to them, the decision was meant to determine the European Union to restore the travel ban of some Transnistrian administration officials.
Moreover, Transnistria deems offensive the ECHR’s decision. The Court ruled that the “Moldovan language” in Cyrillic-script is “an unused combination and unknown anywhere in the world.”
A language policy was adopted in 1992 and 1994 by the self-established region. They prohibited the use of the Latin alphabet in schools, as well as appealed to forcible eviction of teachers and students from Latin-script schools.
Therefore, Russia was condemned by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for violation of Article 2 of Protocol No. 1 regarding the Right to Education from the European Convention of Human Rights.
The ECHR said that Russia interfered with the people’s right to education in Moldova’s separatist region of Transnistria.
“The Court considered that the forced closure of the applicants’ schools and the subsequent measures of harassment constituted interferences with their right of access to pre-existing educational institutions as well as their right to be educated in their national language. There was no evidence to suggest that those measures pursued a legitimate aim,” the report of the Court said.
As a result of the judgment, Russia has to pay 6,000 Euro to each applicant in respect of non-pecuniary damage and 50,000 Euro for the expenses of all the applicants, jointly.Moldova.ORG