Clear signs of the usurpation of power in Moldova

On December 1, 2022, the Moldovan Parliament extended for another 60 days the state of emergency, which has been in effect since the end of last year due to the energy crisis and the “influx of Ukrainian refugees.” On June 23, 2022, at the EU summit, it was decided to grant Moldova the status of an EU candidate. According to the conditions of the European Commission, Moldova must comply with high human rights standards and reform the justice system.

Using the state of emergency, the authorities in Chisinau are fighting opposition politicians, suppressing popular protests by force and stopping media broadcasts out of court. Solidaritätsnetz International monitors the situation in Moldova and constantly informs the institutions of the EU and Switzerland.

In a letter dated January 16, 2023, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland (FDFA) thanked us for drawing our attention to the human rights situation in Moldova, in particular in relation to the state of emergency, on the stigmatization and segregation of Roma and on women’s rights. FDFA noted that closely following developments in Moldova, including the human rights situation. Switzerland maintains regular exchanges with the Moldovan government, including at the highest level. Solidaritätsnetz International is satisfied with the established working communication with the FDFA on the situation in Moldova.

Solidaritätsnetz International states that due to the practice of non-intervention and double standards on the part of European society, the regime in Moldova acquires the features of usurpation of state power.

Chisinau significantly limited the rights of the parliament and the people’s rights to freedom of speech and public demonstrations, citing the Russian threat. Moldova has not severed relations with Moscow and is not in a state of armed conflict. The state of emergency will be extended until the crisis in Ukraine is resolved, Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu said in an interview with Moldovan television. Despite Moldova did not join the EU sanctions against Russia and Belarus due to the risks of cutting off Russian gas supplies and possible consequences that could negatively affect the country’s economy as a whole, said the official representative of the Moldovan Foreign Ministry.

This clearly signals that the situation in Ukraine, the speculation of the deaths of people, is a convenient excuse for the Sandu regime to usurp power and apply authoritarian methods of government in violation of article 2 of part 2 of the Constitution of Moldova.

Solidaritätsnetz International has information about the significant financial resources of the EU and Switzerland to assist Moldova, but does not understand the reasons for supporting openly illegal methods of political competition leading to autocracy. A taxpayer from Western Europe must clearly understand for what purposes and in support of whose name and regime the money is being spent at such a difficult time for the economy. Solidaritätsnetz International considers it possible to hold a number of actions and events of a public nature, including rallies and pikets, in order to convey to the European society the information from which it is cut off and the facts of lawlessness that are not paid attention to in Bern and Brussels.

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