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19 October 2019
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Gheorghe Russu

Vice-director, The Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption

Parties-Phantoms, Parties - State Institutions, Parties - State Enterprises

Ion PREAŞCĂ

20 parties have registered in the current election campaign. Many people say it is a too big number for such a small country as Moldova. At the same time, much more parties could take part in the election campaign.

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EU heads of mission statement on the case of journalist Ernest Vardanyan

The EU Heads of Mission in Chisinau note with deep concern that Mr. Vardanyan has so far been denied these basic rights.
Moldova Azi, 22 April 2010, 10:22

The European Union Delegation issues the following statement on behalf of the EU Heads of Mission in Chisinau:

"The EU Heads of Mission are following closely the case of the journalist Ernest Vardanyan, who was arrested on 7 April 2010 in Tiraspol. The EU Heads of Mission recall that human rights, and in particular the freedom of expression, as well as fundamental rights of detainees should be respected. It underlines in particular that these include the right of legal counsel of their own choosing; the right to be present or represented by a person of their own choosing at pre-trial detention hearings; and the right to contact their families. The EU Heads of Mission note with deep concern that Mr. Vardanyan has so far been denied these basic rights.

The EU Heads of Mission emphasise more generally that the detention of individuals on the basis that they are considered as undesirable by those exercising power constitutes a violation of human rights and that pre-trial detention should be only permissible in relation to specific and concrete offences. At the same time, the EU Heads of Mission express their concern as several civil society representatives have been recently interrogated in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova. The EU Heads of Mission recall the key importance of civil society for socio-economic development and underline that civil society must be able to work freely and without the fear of being subjected to arbitrary reprisal.

The Council of Europe Office in Chisinau aligns itself with this statement".

 



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