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NEWW is Signing an Open Letter on Situation in Moldova

2009-04-14 15:59:00 / News read 2021 reading

We, representatives of civil society organizations and networks in Europe, wish to express our  deep concern about the situation in the Republic of Moldova.

 

Attn : José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commision

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner responsible for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy

Ref : European CSOs express their concern on the situation in the Republic of Moldova

 

Dear Mister President José Manuel Barroso,

Dear Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner,

 

We, representatives of civil society organizations and networks in Europe, wish to express our  deep concern about the situation in the Republic of Moldova.

In the context of the events following the national elections on April 5, 2009 in the Republic of Moldova we urge the international community and particularly the member states of the European Union to promptly react to the violations against human rights and democracy in this country from the European Neighborhood.

As European citizens we declare ourselves shocked and appalled by the lack of reaction from the European Union’s institutions towards the large scale violations of human rights in the Republic of Moldova following the elections on 5 April 2009. These violations have been immediately reported by credible and legitimate civil society representatives, international organizations and mass media.

We are increasingly preoccupied by the messages we keep receiving from the Republic of Moldova with regard to the current situation, deriving from the public protests of April 6-7. The civil sector of the Republic of Moldova, international organizations and media keep signaling abusive arrests as well as the use of force against citizens of this country. Limitation of media’s activities and intimidation of foreign journalists are an obvious tell-sign of the democratic destabilization occurring in Chisinau, with long-term repercussions to be expected. The current deprivation of the freedom of information, freedom of expression, freedom of movement and freedom of assembly and association that the Moldovan citizens are being subjected to represent blatant infringements of the European engagements undersigned by the Moldovan government.

We request the European Commission and the governments of the European Union’s member states to grant a special attention with regard to human rights compliance in the Republic of Moldova.

We invite the European institutions to go beyond the paradigm of the spheres of influence and to take immediate action in order to guarantee that the Moldovan government actions following the recent arrests are compliance with human rights norms.

We ask the European Commission and the Presidency of the European Union to urgently send delegations to the Republic of Moldova that should join the OSCE in monitoring the actions of the Moldovan government, opposition and of the public protestors in Chisinau and undertake the task of facilitating the dialogue among these actors. Immediate measures need to be taken to ensure the protection of Moldovan citizens and civil society organizations that support the Moldovan democracy.

We request that Human Rights NGOs be granted access as to evaluate the current situation in the Republic of Moldova. 

 

The involvement of the European Union has to be more substantial in defending democracy and human rights in the Republic Moldova and to respect its commitments towards the people of this EU neighboring country. As European citizens, we request that the EU Delegation in Chisinau be given a higher importance in the following period of time, by allocating financial and human resources adequate to its role and the current situation in the Republic of Moldova.

 

We call on the European civil society to join our effort to draw attention of the European institutions and national Governments in Europe on the very serious situation in the Republic of Moldova. Urgent action and mobilization is required to ensure protection of human rights for Moldova citizens and survival of civil society and democracy itself in the Republic of Moldova.

 

 

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