28 November 2021

Gheorghe Russu

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

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


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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Coalition 2009: Police in Moldova limits freedom of expression and assembly

The NGOs that form part of Coalition 2009 condemn the inaction of the police during the February 3 protest, when masked persons attacked representatives of the civil society that were protesting peacefully in front of the General Prosecutor's Office., 5 February 2009, 18:25

In a statement, the Coalition says that the altercations that could degenerate into violence with unforeseeable consequences happened in the presence of prosecutors of the General Prosecutor's Office. But they did not intervene to stop the aggression and establish public order. Protesters' calls for help left the police indifferent.

"We ascertained with indignation that the police intervene to limit the freedom of expression and assembly, but ignore the legal obligation to insure public order, the people's safety and the security of the persons that protest peacefully," the statement says.

The Coalition describes the inaction of the police and prosecutors as act that seriously undermines the freedom of assembly and expression and annihilates the civil and political activism of the Moldovan people, implicitly the democracy and the free and fair elections.

The organization calls on the ombudsmen to take attitude and defend the human rights. It also calls on the Parliament, the Government and the head of state to unconditionally insure the observance of the political rights and freedoms of the people.

Coalition 2009 is a voluntary union of nongovernmental organizations that aims to contribute towards insuring free, transparent, fair and democratic legislative elections. It continues the activities carried out by Coalition 2005 and Coalition 2007. Presently, the Coalition includes 45 NGOs.

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