Solidaritätsnetz International must state that, with the exception of a few episodes, the EU and Swiss authorities continue to stubbornly ignore the authoritarian methods of governance in Moldova. We are aware that in exchange for foreign policy loyalty, the Sandu regime has been given the right to use harsh methods to maintain power even by ignoring democratic principles.
The Parliament of Moldova, controlled by the PAS ruling party, has approved the extension of the state of emergency in Moldova. Since April 5, the state of emergency has been extended for another 60 days. As you know, there is no natural disaster in Moldova and Moldova is not at war with anyone. The regime of President Sandu uses the anti-constitutional mechanism of this “state of emergency” solely to fight the political opposition, objectionable media and to suppress popular unrest. Disadvantaged and impoverished people who came out to protest against the colossal inflation, poverty and social instability, without exception are called agents of Moscow. To suppress civil society, Chisinau adopted special dictatorial and reprisal laws. This was done despite criticism and recommendations from the OSCE and the Council of Europe.
A special body for pursuing an authoritarian policy, the “Commission for Emergency Situations”, not only replaces the judiciary, as was the case with the closure of opposition media, but also directly interferes in the judicial branch of power. Thus, the members of the Commission for Emergency Situations put pressure on the judges of the Supreme Court of Justice of Moldova (Curtea Supremă de Justiție a Republicii Moldova), and decided to take an emergency temporary measure to suspend consideration of applications for the resignation of judges for a period of 30 days. These actions contradict both the Constitution of Moldova and international law guaranteeing the independence of the judiciary. The Moldovan authorities are violating the fundamental principles that are laid down in the Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary, which adopted by the Seventh United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, held in Milan from August 26 to September 6, 1985, and approved by UN General Assembly Resolution 40/32 of November 29, 1985.
Solidaritätsnetz International considers it unacceptable to cultivate authoritarian regimes for the sake of the current mainstream.