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Moldova: UN expert urges Moldova to end its “punitive attitude” to human rights defenders

June 29, 2018

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The Government of Moldova must adopt a more positive approach to human rights defenders and publicly recognize the crucial role played by civil society, says a UN human rights expert.

“Despite a globally satisfactory legislative framework, the situation of human rights defenders requires improvement in the Republic of Moldova,” says UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst in a statement ending his first official visit to the country.

“Human rights defenders and journalists are victims of stigmatization campaigns, lawyers face politically motivated criminal charges or are threatened whenever they defend people with dissenting voices, and journalists’ access to information is restricted,” he added.

“Moreover, officials from Moldova’s National Human Rights Institutions feel disregarded in practice,” said Mr. Forst, the Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights defenders.

“The Government must end its punitive attitude towards human rights defenders, and embrace a more supportive approach to civil society in spite of possible disagreements and criticism” said Mr. Forst.

“While civil society organizations and human rights defenders have the right to freely conduct their human rights work and the Government has publicly declared its openness to engage with them, in practice human rights defenders face several challenges,” Mr. Forst emphasized.

“I have received allegations of intimidation and threats towards human rights defenders by public authorities, particularly after having expressed criticism of decisions taken by the Government,” he said.


Moldova: Scandal at Chisinau Prosecutor’s Office: Lawyer forcibly brought to interrogation

May 21, 2018

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Lawyer Vitalie Taulean claims to have been physically assaulted by two policemen, who hit his head against the ground and brought him to the Prosecutor’s Office of Chisinau for questioning. The prosecutor claims that the defender did not comply with the legal requirements of the police. The lawyer needed medical assistance.

Vitalie Taulean was detained on Friday in front of the Rascani District Court of Chisinau, where he came to assist a client in a trial.

The lawyer says he did not follow the prosecutor’s order to be forcibly brought for interrogations because it is illegal therefore, he challenged it.

President of the Lawyers’ Union, Emanoil Plosnita, also came to the Prosecutor’s Office.

“I am a lawyer, I know the laws and they have done this to me. And how will they behave with simple citizens?”, Taulean asked while talking to Plosnita.

Although he was brought to the Prosecutor’s Office, Taulean could not be questioned because he had a hypertensive crisis and was taken to the hospital.




Moldova: One of Veaceslav Platon’s lawyers on the wanted list

April 25, 2018

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Ion Cretu, one of the lawyers defending Veaceslav Platon has been put on the wanted list. The decision was made by the Criuleni District Court, which in March 2018, issued an arrest warrant into the name of the defender. Cretu pleads not guilty and claims to be persecuted for his activity.

Lawyer Ion Cretu is accused of influence peddling. On March 18, 2014, he was detained with 15700 euros on him, money he had received from a Turkish citizen. In exchange for money, Cretu promised to arrange the release of a Bulgarian citizen, arrested for trafficking a minor for sexual exploitation.

Lawyer Eduard Rudenco told CrimeMoldova that the decision to apply the measure of pre-trial detention was taken at the request of the prosecutors on the grounds that he failed to appear at the hearing. “There were 46 court hearings in this case, and Ion Cretu missed only one, the court being informed that he had been hospitalized. Please take account of the fact that 21 of the court hearings had been postponed because of the accuser, who missed them without any reasons,” Rudenco said.

Being Platon’s lawyer, Ion Cretu was in charge of defending the interests of the businessman against the leadership of Penitentiary No. 13. The defender won a trial, after which the prison administration was forced to allow a TV set in Platon’s cell.




Moldova: Lawyers’ Union denounces human rights violations in Moldova

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.”