Friday, April 17, 2009

If you are involved in the protests, then you will never be able to leave the country

[Română]

"If you are involved in the protests, then you will never be able to leave the country", that’s how Moldovan students are intimidated the police and Moldovan KGB.

Moldovan students who are studying in Romania and are coming home during the Easter holidays are taken first to the police station for an investigation with an agents from the Moldovan KGB. UNIMEDIA interviewed one of the students detained by the police, who reported on how they were subjected to strict customs interrogation. Subsequently, several people in civilian student who say he would be employees of the agency have intimidated students, warning them that "if they will be involved in the protests, then they will never be able to leave the country."

Also, our source reported that at the entry in Straseni, students were stopped by several individuals who took some information for some sort of documentation, then they were taken to Police Station, who asked to give their identification information and were forced to write an explanation.



Source: Unimedia

MOLDOVA: Demand for investigation into torture allegations

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is deeply concerned about reports of torture and other forms of ill-treatment of individuals, including of minors, in police custody, in the aftermath of the protests that took place from 7 to 8 April 2009 in Chisinau.

According to the information received, a wave of arrests and detention, in particular of young people, has unfolded since 7 April 2009 in Chisinau. A group of national non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has collected information regarding about 100 individuals, including minors, who reportedly were arrested in blatant violation of national and international law on arrest and detention procedures, including the right to be promptly informed of the reasons of their arrest and the right of access to their lawyers.

Several of these individuals are alleged to have suffered severe beatings and other forms of ill-treatment, including with clubs, full plastic water bottles, fists and feet, in police custody. According to a local media, a young man would have died in detention under unclear circumstances.

It is further reported that the conditions of detention, particularly in Penitentiary institution No. 13, which has received some of the arrested individuals, are very poor. According to the information received, some of the detainees have limited access to food, water and basic sanitary facilities. In other places of detention, persons deprived of their liberty have reportedly been denied visits by lawyers and human rights organisations.

While the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova has reportedly published, on 12 April 2009, lists of people arrested, there are fears that these are incomplete and that a number of individuals remain currently disappeared.

OMCT has also been informed that pre-trial hearings are taking place in district police stations with no or limited access to defence lawyers.

Following the results of the parliamentary elections on 6 April 2009 according to which the ruling communist party of Moldova had won, young people took to the streets in Chisinau protesting the fairness of the elections. These protests later resulted in clashes with police, violence and vandalism.

OMCT is gravely concerned with regard to these reports, in particular the allegations of torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and calls on the Moldovan authorities to: 1) locate and make public the whereabouts of all persons who remain disappeared; 2) guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of all persons deprived of their liberty and 3) guarantee immediate and unconditional access to their lawyers and families as well as prompt and thereafter regular access to independent medical care.

OMCT recalls that the absolute prohibition of torture and other forms of ill-treatment is enshrined in all the major international and regional legal instruments to which Moldova is a State Party. OMCT therefore calls on the competent authorities to carry out prompt, effective, thorough, independent and impartial investigations into the abovementioned allegations, the results of which must be made public, in order to bring those responsible before a competent, independent and impartial tribunal and to apply penal, civil and/or administrative sanctions as provided by law.

OMCT is also gravely concerned about the circumstances of these arrests and particularly the excessive use of force against minors and it calls on the authorities to order the immediate release of all individuals detained in the absence of valid legal charges consistent with international legal standards, or if such charges exist, bring the individuals concerned before an impartial, independent, and competent tribunal that will guarantee their full procedural rights at every stage of the proceedings and a fair and public hearing in the determination of any criminal charge against them.

For further information, contact: OMCT: Eric Sottas, + 00 41 22 809 49 39

Source: Crin.org


A letter to Obama

You can help Moldova in 3 easy steps:
Step 1: Click on http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Step 2: Fill out the form with your information
Step 3: Copy and paste the following letter (the more people do it, the higher our chances):

Mr. President,

I have been following recent events in Moldova and was distressed by the lukewarm response and low coverage they received in the United States. I write to urge you and your administration to act and in no uncertain terms denounce the human right abuses of the Communist government in Moldova.

For the past two weeks hundreds of young Moldovans have gathered in the capital of Chisinau to peacefully demonstrate the irregular and corrupt elections held in the country on April 5. These demonstrators are protesting ongoing suppression, censorship of the press and media, infringement of basic rights to move freely. The Moldovan government, however, engaged in arbitrary retaliation against some young protesters, as recorded by the UN.

Demonstrations against anti-democractic abuses have therefore spurred more serious, unacceptable infringement of human rights, as reported by Financial Times and other leading newspapers. International observers denounced serious breaches of human and constitutional rights committed by the police. The latter arrested at least 400 students, many of whom were peaceful protesters.

These young men were beaten at police stations, imprisoned without access to lawyers, exposed to inhumane and degrading treatment, and forced into confessions. Video reports denounce significant abuses and ongoing violent police behavior. One young man was found dead after having been tortured by the police. Journalists, NGO leaders, and members of the opposition have been harassed and intimidated as well. Citizens are denied access to information as local and international media channels and internet access is being restricted and shut down.

Moldova is on the verge of losing the democratic achievements it made since independence and the international community is doing little to prevent this disaster. I sincerely urge you to make a public statement about the situation in Moldova and denounce human rights violations. In doing so, I ask you to reinforce the credibility of the United States in its commitment to democracy and universal respect for human rights.

Update: officially 4 young men beaten to death.

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Beaten and Asked to Pay for It

[Română]

The families of the detainees have to pay for the “feeding” of the detainees. A day behind bars costs 5.90 Moldovan lei. The policemen say the money represent the value of the meals of the daily “menu” in jail.

Evenimentul Zilei newspaper reporters talked yesterday with Ion Cretu, a young man born in december 1989, a time when Eastern Europe was overthrowing communism. After 20 years from those events, the student says the “food” his parents have to pay for consists of “sort of tea - plain water and trash good for pigs”. And a lot of beatings.
“ORIGINAL” JUSTICE - The more wounds, the more days in jail

After five days of detention, for student Ion Cretu came the moment of sentence. The detainees were split in groups and taken to the law court. There, their fate was decided without any of them being allowed to say a word. “They called us by our names, and the judge was deciding for each of us how many days in arrest we would get. Those with more wounds would get more days, to get out after they would heal. I got out, because I didn’t have too many bruises”, said that young man for EVZ newspaper.

Prison in installments

“I went to the police department, but they wouldn’t let me see my child. They only told me I had to pay 81 lei for the food they said they gave him up to that moment, said the mother of one of the young men arrested. They said that if I didn’t have all the money, I can pay by installments” said with desperation in her voice, the mother of the boy.
MEMORIES FROM THE TERROR CAVE

Ion Cretu was arrested on the 9th of April, being taken by policemen in civil clothes. He was thrown in a police car and there “meet” the policemen “efficiency”: “The driver was driving with one hand, and with the other was hitting me in the head”. Side by side with the “skillful” policeman there were other policemen hitting him in the head, stomach and liver.

Once they got to the police station, Ion got under another round of fists and feet. On the questionner’s door there was written: Rosca Dorel . Behind that door he received a “scientific correction”: “In order not to leave marks, they beat me with water bottles”. Then he was trown in the police cellars, in a cell of four square meters, together with 14 more people. “There were no beds, only one toilet, which was stinking, and the only water source was the one in the toilet”. Ion says he could not sleep the first night. The door kept opening every five-ten minutes: “Those moments were the most terrifying. Every time the door opened, we had to stand up. Those who could not stand up because of the beatings, we helped them to stand”.

The more wounds, the more days in arrests

All this time, Ion’s parents were looking for him in the whole city. They finally got to the police station’s doors. “They told father I wasn’t there. Then he told them he would go to report to “missing persons”. Eventually, they told him I was there”.

The deceased grandmother, waited to come and vote

Ion Cretu is determined to make a complaint at CEDO for the cruelty of the treatment the Moldovan authorities applied to him. He is convinced that himself was the victim of elections frauds: “When I wanted to vote in Chisinau, I was told that on that list I was recorded as “already voted”. The people there told me my grandmother was on that list, too, and she died several years ago. I am glad they resurrected her”, says with bitter humour Ion.


Another victim of the communists abuse is Anatol Matasaru, known for his peaceful single protests long before the elections, whom they took and who declared he is forced to kiss the policemen’s feet in detention. He also declared he was forced to give them his emails passwords, and when he was giving that statement to Jurnal de Chisinau he had obvious eyes bruises from beatings.

Source: Free Moldova


Moldova: Aftermath of Protests

[Română]

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.

Source: State.gov

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.


The police announced the family that Eugen hung himself with footwear laces

[Română]

The family of Eugen Tapu says the police declared that their son was found hanged in a building in Chisinau, who hanged himself with footwear laces. Eugen weight over 80 kg, and has no ordinary cut throat specific to suicide.

The aggrieved family of Eugen Tapu told us through tears that they had been advised to go to the Riscani Police Station of Chisinau city to pick up the corpse of their son. They were told by the police men that Eugen was found hanged with his own laces in an abandoned house in Chisinau, after a few days after he supposedly ended his life.

The family has doubts regarding these assertions on the basis that: Eugen weights over 80 kg and the laces would have not resisted; Eugen has no cut throat which normally would have appeared after spending a few days suspended by those laces; Eugen was a joyful guy and he never showed signs of pessimism or depression.

Other relatives informed us that Eugen’s mother is abroad and is expected for the burial ceremony. Initially, the family has announced that the burial will take place on Saturday in order for his mother to succeed to come. However, pressure is being exercised with the purpose to have the burial done on Friday, the reason invoked being the advanced stage of body’s decomposition.

There are no independent forensic medical experts In Moldova.

Source: Ziarul de Gardă