December 22, 2016
The Lawyers’ Union (LU) denounced the violation of human rights in Moldova by addressing an appeal to the Prosecutor General, the Superior Council of Magistracy, the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court of Justice. The signatories of the appeal point out that lawyers are prevented from exercising their profession freely.
The irregularities mentioned by the Lawyers’ Union include frequent cases of selective application of the law, initiation of criminal proceedings after the expiry of the limitation period, reversals of prosecution and unreasoned cancellation of orders not to initiate prosecution, improper application of preventive measures, seizure of assets, deliberate leakage of information from criminal cases etc.
The signatories also inform of several cases of disproportionate application of criminal penalties, inhuman and degrading conditions of detention, especially of persons under preventive arrest and infringement of lawyers’ right to meet with their clients.
The Lawyers’ Union also finds that “laws are not understood and respected by those national authorities who persecute lawyers.”