Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sergiu Voloc disappeared

[Română]

If you look, you won’t find
Better person than the one
Who’s the mayor of our region
And, we’ll vote for him for sure
For the many things he’s done:
We have gas in our houses,
He’s smart of a unusual sort,
We are living better times,
As he gave water and soap.

To all you: the mayor’s foes
Can’t you see or are you blind?
Today sympathy is winning, the more we become kind.

The irony is that the actor, Sergiu Voloc, disappeared 3 days ago and cannot be found. I personally saw him during the protests from April 6th and 7th walking in the main square. He didn’t do anything, he was just watching the events from the distance.

Source: Curaj.net


Police acts like NAZI

Today,the 16th of april, we found out information about the 4th victim of the police slaughter. His name is Veaceaslav Brăguţă. His body was found two days ago, on a bench near the republican hospital. At this time there this is all the information that we have. What we can add is that there will be more bodies, since there have been anonimous reports from doctors that were called to check detainees about rooms filled with corpses of young men.

WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IS A GENOCIDE, that the governement hides from the outsiders. Either the COMMUNISTS do their job well, OR the outsiders don’t care. Moldova thinks it’s the second one...


Girls naked and humiliated by police

[Română]

Three girls were arrested on the night after April 7, brought to the police station. They were naked and forced to make sit-ups and to stand in different positions in front of a group of eight police men. The lawyer Lilia Prodan informed everyone who was present at the seminar dedicated to the protests last week, organized by several NGOs and where different representatives of judicial institutions participated.

She said that three of the four her clients, who were arrested after the demonstrations on April 7, were subject to maltreatment from the police representatives.

Prodan also said that the youngest of the prisoners are starting to be released today. "Tons of arrest warrants were issued last week, and today tons of young people are released. This too fast of a process" said the lawyer.

She also informed that among those arrested following the protests there was a candidate from a political party’s list. And according to the Electoral Code, he could not be arrested because immunity due to his status.

Cruelties to which young prisoners are subject as a result of the events of last week are very much like Guantanamo, said Evgheni Golosceapov, the executive director of Amnesty International. According to data held by this organization, about 160 young people had been subjected to maltreatment by the police. "They were beaten, weren’t even given water, food, weren’t allowed to go to the bathroom nor had they had access to lawyers," said Golosceapov, stressing that "torture is a crime and a terror of state against its citizens. "

Ion Manole, the organization Promo-Lex, said he has information according to which Moldovan students who were traveling to Romania where they are pursuing their studies, were detained and taken to police station, where they were subjected to maltreatment.

Responsible for public order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Peter Corduneanu present at the event, denied the information submitted by NGOs and lawyers, but gave assurance that any abuse of police will be sanctioned.

Source: Ştirea Zilei


Third Death

[Română]

The body of a 26 year old young man, Eugen Tapu, who liked to play rugby, was brought to Soroca by the police in a closed coffin. They left the death certificate for his parents, without offering any comments and left.

Tomorrow, April 17, the lifeless body of Eugen Tapu will be buried. The family doesn’t know anything regarding the cause of death. According to Victor Sau, the mayor of Soroca, there is a link between Eugen Tapu’s death and the protest from April 7 because the police refuse to provide further explanations and the dates of his death and the protest’s day are the same.
After being contacted, Tatiana Tapu, Eugen’s sister said that: “He died 9 days ago and we don’t know anything about it.

The Mayor of Soroca stated that the young body is in a condition of decay. "I called priests from Soroca and we will be tomorrow at the funeral. Nobody knows where he was found. Police did not provide any information. There is a link between the protest and the April 7 death of Eugen Tapu, because police refused to provide further explanations and date of death coincides with the date of meeting at the Parliament and the Presidency ", he said Victor Sau.

Just as a reminder, the press has written about two other young people who died after being maltreated by the police, after protests from Parliament and the Presidency.

Source: Unimedia

True Moldova:

This is the 3rd official victim. One thing is for sure: in all three cases there were attempts to cover the cases, but it didn’t work out. How many of those did they manage to do that though? There are over 1000 young people missing…

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Anatol Mătăsaru behind bars: tortured to make false testimonials



PEN Moldova statement

The PEN center in the Moldova Republic, an affliliate of the World Writter’s Association based in London, vividly protests against de terror, violence and intimidation campaign set off by the communist government after the parliamentary elections from the 5th of april 2009.

The communist party has been promoting in the last 8 years, since its has been ruling in the Moldova Republic, a policy of brutal limitation of the human rights: it has suppressed the freedom of expression, has systematically teased the independent press, has underappreciated the independence of justice, has been sustaining measures of epuration based on political criteria of the public workers in the state administration, has been developing a hateful offensive against the national values of the Moldova Republic, by bringing back to life Stalinists concepts regarding the native language and ethnic origins of the Moldavian people.

The recent election campaign has been marked by numerous breakings of the law, this including a virulent campaign for denigrating the opposite democratic party and the usage of the administrative resources by the communist party, without all of these abuses being fought and punished by the ones technically abillitated to supervise and protect the obedience of the normal laws. With the purpose of trying to limit the chances to succeed in the elections fight of the opposite party, and to reduce their loss in the elections, the governing party has introduced a series of discriminating, antidemocratic changes in the election laws, has refused to open more voting sections abroad, which will have helped all the moldavian citizens that are working abroad – that’s about one million people, according to unofficial statements-, ignoring numerous internal steps and recommendations from the international associations regarding these facts.

The tensed situation in the society, after 8 years of imperative government from the communist party and president’s Vladimir voronin, has reached its climax during these last days, as a result of big suspicion regarding a massive fraud in the elections that took place on april the 5th, by the communists. Incapable of producing new arguments, or to talk to the political forces and the civil society, the actual government has chosen the hard way: a way of confrontations and political persecution, trying to distract the public opinion’s attention from the charges regarding the stolen elections. As to be read: as to detonate the peaceful protests of all the young people that took place on april 7th in a series of violent incidents and attempts to destroy buildings of the state – actions to which law enforcement did not know how to handle.

During this very moment, Moldova looks like a real police state: the police have arrested about 300 young men and women, students and highschool students, under the acuse of participating to non-govern protests. These young people, according to own statements and those of the witnesses, are being bedeviled and poorly judged in the police sections, without having the lowest of their rights respected. During these days the violence and reprisals have also recorded, unfortunately, a tragedy – the death of a 23 year old young man, death which occurred in suspicious surroundings which are to be brought to light. The law enforcement have brutalized independent mass media journalists, have intimidated and exiled many foreign press journalists who wanted to show the truth about post- election events in Moldova. The communist government has created, truly, an informational barrier: the web sites from the independent press are barely functioning, the national television post continues the task of not informing the people by offering only the point of view of the communist party, some international tv posts that showed interest in the events in Moldova have been banned. The protests on the 7th of april have served a good reason for the communist power to freeze relationships with Romania – a state member of UE and NATO -, of which they accused, without any proof, of complicity to a possible coup d’etat organized by the opposing parties. The Romanian ambassador in Chisinau has been exiled, and a new visa regime has been installed especially for Romanian citizens, by these actions breaking the agreemet that Moldova has made with UE. They have even forbidden access to Moldova for its citizens in Romania, stating that they could be potential enemies of the communist regime.

Regarding the major political crisis that has ruled the past few days, The Moldova PEN center insistently asks the actual power to cease the human rights breach: all those arrested under the reason of participation to the 6th and 7th of april protests are to be released; these people have the right to benefit of a fair and truthful trial.

The Moldova PEN center demands, along with other civic organizations, an international an impartial investigation which is to clarify the guilt and liability related to the acts of violence and vandalism that were registered on the 7th of april in Chisinau.

The Moldova PEN center invites all political forces to initiate a dialogue, a real communication, which allows the stopping of the actual state of confrontation and dissidence in the society.

The Moldova PEN Center demands the communist authorities to nullify the censorship and informational embargo which it has installed, to allow access to all political forces and the deputies of civil society to the state television and radio, and not to create obstacles in the activity of the mass media deputies from abroad.

The Moldova PEN center demands the Chisinau government the restoration of normal relations with Romania and to nullify the visa regime for Romanian citizens.

The Moldova PEN center asks the international community, UE and the United States, to support the legitimate claims of the Moldovan citizens regarding The Moldova Republic in the democratic and European arms of evolution, and not to allow the changing this state to a Russian and communist one.

Chisinau


The Truth Begins to Emerge

The Western observers begin to condemn in media the communist frauds.

“You would think 400.000 dead people came to vote”, noticed one western observer who was sent to monitor the elections in the Republic of Moldova. The observer said that one of his Moldovan friends “discovered in the elections day that in his 28 square meters lived 5 people”, says Le figaro newspaper.

A group of citizens in Orhei obtained from the law court of the town the elections lists, which were used on the 5th of April. On those lists could be found the signatures of about 45 children with disabilities, interned in the local hospital. The signatures which “confirm” that they voted are almost identical.

Another European observer did not hesitate to say that what happened on Tuesday is similar to the arson of the Reichstag, in 1933″.

Officially, the OSCE said that the elections were held democratically, even if the campaign did not allow the opposition to express itself on national media. But even the National Statistics Office has information that can confirm the frauds at the elections: in two years, the people with the right to vote increased with 10%, although the birth rate is falling abruptly”, says Le Figaro.

Apart from this, the protests on Tuesday shows beyond a doubt: the agressors that vandalized the Presidency building and arsoned the Parliament were guided by other people, says Le Figaro. According to ex-deputy Igor Klipi, who was a witness, “the destruction of the Parliament took 8 hours, and the police did not move a finger to to anything”. While a part of the building was burning, the firemen were admiring the view with a smile on their lips”.

Source: Free Moldova


EU must take Moldovan unrest more seriously

[Română]

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) will press for a debate on the situation in Moldova with statements from the European Commission and the Council of Ministers during the plenary session in Strasbourg next week. European Liberals and Democrats deplore the lack of EU reaction to the crackdown on opposition protests in the aftermath of the parliamentary elections and the continuing detention and maltreatment of hundreds of demonstrators.

"We run the risk that silence in Brussels on the disputed outcome of the Moldovan elections is interpreted either as ignorance of or acquiescence to the ongoing intimidation of opposition supporters" said ALDE Leader Graham Watson.
"The European Union must signal its engagement with Moldova's future stability and democratic development through its Eastern Partnership. The government in Chisinau must act swiftly to repair the damage to the credibility of the Moldovan political system caused by reports of vote rigging and human rights violations. Releasing the names of all detained protesters and allowing family members and lawyers access to the prison cells would be a first step in that direction".

Renate Weber MEP (PNL, Romania) said: "Gross human rights violations have been perpetrated in Moldova after the elections: personal security no longer exists, cruel, inhuman treatment and torture are widespread in police detention centers, Moldovan and foreign journalists are pursued and freedom of press is non existent. Moldovan citizens are also being denied the right to entry into their own country. As MEPs, speaking on behalf of our citizens, we must not tolerate such behaviour, nor should the EU."

ALDE MEPs Baroness Emma Nicholson (LibDems, UK) and Henrik Lax (Svenska Folkpartiet, Finland) were EU observers at the Moldovan parliamentary elections. Baroness Nicholson expressed her deep concerns about the fairness of the recent elections amid allegations of fraudulent voter registration and a state controlled media.

"The OSCE report was far too warm on the election," she said. "On the Transdnistrian border I saw grown men and women weeping as they had been refused by the local police to take a bus across the border to vote in Moldova. Some persisted and found other ways to travel only for them to be video-taped, have their papers taken off them and threatened with the loss of their jobs. One candidate told me she had lost 1,000 votes from people being refused access to Moldova."

"I am very concerned about the ongoing detention of large numbers of young Moldovans with no knowledge of who, how and where they are being held. I strongly regret the death of a second young man in police custody and call on the authorities to ensure their safe treatment and access to proper legal representation. "

Source: ALDE


Terror Police Tries to Cover Up

Although hit in the head and backhead, has a broken ribb and is full of bruises, the law authorites say he died intoxicated by an unknown substance.

Valeriu Boboc, one of the detainees in the aftermath of the events on the 7th of April, died in the arrest of the police. The General Prosecution Office of the Republic of Moldova say he did not die by the torture of the policemen. According to them, his death followed after an intoxication with an unknown substance. Ala Boboc, the boy’s mother, does not believe his son died because of gas intoxication, as she was told when she went to take him from the morgue.

“He’s hurt at his head and backhead, has a broken ribb, it’s no accidental trauma. He was beaten to death. We’ll do all we can to find out how that was possible”, cries the young man’s mother. She last time talked to him on the phone in the evening of 7th April, between 6 and 7 in the evening, and he told her he was at the protest place, downtown the capital. Valeriu was a greengrocer in the Central Market, and after work, they went to the National Assembly Square.

“On Tuesday evening, he did not come home. We had heard that a person had deceased, we had a feeling that it could be Valeriu, me and my husband had heart aches. We could not contact him. We have only been informed on Friday, abiut his death..” she tells us crying. Vitctor, the boy’s father, works as a taxi driver. He tells us that, at about midnight of 7th April, he was in the proximity of the destroyed Parliament and Presidency buildings. “I heard screams, shootings. For three days we could not find Valeriu, I had a feeling he was not alive anymore”. According to the father, he had a deep wound in his temple. “One could see he was dragged by his elbows. He had many bruises on his hands, and body. The police told us he was found dead on the protests place”, adds Victor.

On the 5th of May, Valeriu would have been 24 years old. He left behind aggrieved parrents, his wife Natalia and a little boy, Dragos, aged one year and 8 months.

Source: Free Moldova


Protest violations of access to information rights and attacks on journalists following elections

The following is joint action by 25 IFEX members and 10 other organisations:

Declaration of Media Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on the situation of the press:

The undersigned media NGOs express concern about the degradation of the media situation in Moldova following parliamentary elections on 5 April 2009. This included the violation of the right to access information of public interest, and harassment of journalists.

On Monday, 6 April, the day after parliamentary elections were held, protests erupted when the election results were announced amid claims from opposition parties that the poll had been rigged. Opposition leaders have backed the protests of thousands of people, saying the election result was fraudulent. They condemned the violence, but said the protests would continue. The peaceful protests have now turned into violent confrontations with police forces in many areas.

On 7 April, at least 19 foreign journalists who were trying to travel from Romania to Chisinau were stopped at the border crossings of Galati-Giurgiulesti and Cahul-Oancea, according to Romanian sources. Then on 8 April, a BBC journalist was prevented from entering Moldova. Moldovan customs officials provided varying reasons why the journalists were stopped at the borders, in some cases demanding special medical insurance and accreditation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MAEIE) in Chisinau, although normally only a foreign passport is required to cross the border between Romania and Moldova. Moreover, Moldovan legislation stipulates that foreign journalists require accreditation only for access to official information, and only if they wish to be accredited as a permanent correspondent in Moldova.

On the evening of Wednesday, 8 April, several reporters from the investigative newspaper “Ziarul de Garda” were harassed by police officers. Journalists had their arms twisted, and police threatened to destroy their cameras. On the same day, Oleg Brega, a cameraman for the Internet-based Jurnal TV, was beaten by several people in plain clothes who seized two video cameras. Also that night, PRO TV Chisinau cameraman Constantin Rogodantiev was assaulted by police forces behind a government building.

Moreover, on 9 April, Facebook and the social networking website Odnoklassniki.ru became inaccessible to users in Moldova. Also on 8 April, the server of the unimedia.md information portal was attacked several times. Other online resources were inaccessible in Moldova during this period, while at least two broadcasters, Realitatea TV and TVR 1, stopped broadcasting on Moldovan territory. Thus, the public was deprived of important international sources of information.

In these circumstances, the signatory organisations protest vehemently against attacks on journalists by representatives of the law, and demand an immediate end to these abusive and illegal practices, as well as an investigation into these cases to bring to account those responsible for abuses against journalists.

Also, underlying the importance of observing the constitutional right of access to information of citizens through media, Internet and other available means, the signatory organisations call on Moldovan authorities to ensure media freedom under the obligations incumbent to Moldova as a member of the Council of Europe.

Signed,

  • ActiveWatch - Media Monitoring Agency, Romania
  • Adil Soz - International Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech, Kazakhstan
  • Albanian Media Institute, Albania
  • Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Egypt
  • ARTICLE 19, United Kingdom
  • Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM), Serbia
  • Association of Independent Press, Moldova
  • Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Bahrain
  • Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (ABRAJI), Brazil
  • Broadcast Media Association, Moldova
  • Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), Canada
  • Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI)
  • Centre for the Defence and Promotion of Press Freedom in Algeria (CALP), Algeria
  • Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ), Romania
  • Freedom House, United States
  • Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP), Colombia
  • Independent Journalism Center (IJC), Moldova
  • Index on Censorship, United Kingdom
  • Institute for Press and Society (IPYS), Venezuela
  • Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), Azerbaijan
  • Investigative Journalism Center, Croatia
  • Investigative Journalism Center, Moldova
  • Media Development Center, Bulgaria
  • Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), Australia
  • Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Namibia
  • Media Rights Agenda, Nigeria
  • Media Watch, Bangladesh
  • Observatoire pour la liberte de presse d’edition et de creation (OLPEC), Tunisia
  • Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), Pakistan
  • Paraguayan Union of Journalists (SPP), Paraguay
  • Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism, Romania
  • Union of Journalists of Moldova
  • World Association of Newspapers, France
  • World Press Freedom Committee, United States
  • Young Journalist Center of Moldova

April 14, 2009