North Macedonia: Zaev and Shahpaska welcome ratification of Law on Prevention and Protection against Discrimination

North Macedonia: Zaev and Shahpaska welcome ratification of Law on Prevention and Protection against Discrimination

North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the Minister of Labor and Social Policy Jagoda Shahpaska welcomed the adoption of the Law on Prevention and Protection against Discrimination, one of the new government’s priorities, following the repeal of this law by the Constitutional Court in May after being ratified without the required majority. The law embodied one of the basic conditions that paved the way for North Macedonia’s path toward European integration.

“The country is moving forward! A society for all, in sickness and in health, constantly from now on, governed by a new law on prevention and protection against discrimination that guarantees equality for all”, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev posted on Facebook after the adoption of the law.

“The Social Democrats, the progressive forces in the country and civil society”, Zaev added, “fought for the long-awaited anti-discrimination law”.

“Members of marginalized communities, including the LGBTQI+ community, are now equal before the law next to every other citizen. With the entry into force (of the law), every citizen will know that they are safe in their country, and they will be able to secure their rights which are guaranteed by the Constitution. Congratulations to all active citizens who fought hard for this success”, the Prime Minister wrote on Facebook.

Minister Shahpaska stated that this law is extremely important for citizens.

“The National Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia ratified with 70 votes in favor the Law on Prevention and Protection against Discrimination. The adoption of this law is extremely important, especially for citizens”, Minister of Labor and Social Policy Jagoda Shahpaska posted today on her Facebook page after the adoption of the law.

According to Shahpaska, the bill clearly defines the grounds for discrimination, including sexual orientation and gender identity, in accordance with international standards and European regulations.

“At the same time”, the Minister writes, “it regulates the work of the Committee for the Prevention and Protection against Discrimination as an independent body comprising professionals in the field of human rights, equality and non-discrimination”. /ibna