Friday, April 17, 2009

Moldova: Aftermath of Protests


Robert Wood

Acting Department Spokesman

Washington, DC

April 16, 2009

The United States is concerned about the situation in Moldova following the violence on April 7. Although order has been restored and subsequent demonstrations have been peaceful, we have received reports from civil society and international observers of mistreatment of those detained by Moldovan authorities. We are also troubled by reports that students and journalists have been intimidated by government officials. President Voronin’s announcement of an amnesty for many of those detained is an encouraging step toward reconciliation.

We urge the government to act in accordance with Moldovan law and its international obligations when dealing with the opposition, protesters, and the media. All parties need to conduct themselves responsibly. It is also important that the government reach out to opposition parties and address their concerns about the April 5 election in a cooperative and transparent manner. We stress that there is no excuse for violence, such as took place on April 7. The United States remains committed to working closely with Moldova and its people as the country continues down the path of European integration. Respect for the rule of law and human rights are key elements in our relationship.


True Moldova:

This 'amnesty' was granted to people that weren't actually arrested, people that were not charged with any crime, not given access to lawyers. This 'amnesty' simply means that the acting president order the Moldovan police to release all the people that it had illegally abducted and beaten. Of course 'amnesty' will do little for the families of the 4 (or a lot more) young men beaten to death in the past couple of days. And this 'amnesty' will do a lot in covering the crimes, tortures, violence and abuses made by the government.

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