Thursday, September 01, 2005
Amnesty calls for support of Roma in Moldova
Anna Lepadatu, Chairwoman of Roma Students Association of Chisinau, informs that Amnesty International in Moldova has start an Urgent Action to support Roma people after the police raid in the city of Yedintsy, in the north of Moldova.
On or around the 18 of July, during the investigations for several murders in Chisinau, the Moldavian police beat Roma men, women and children. More than 30 Roma people were detained, among them several 12 years old boys.
Most of the men were held for two days in Yedintsy before the release. During this period, they were allegedly beaten in order to force them to incriminate themselves or others for the Chisinau murders.
Torture and ill-treatment in police's custody are common in Moldova, and the members of the Roma community are frequent targets of the police. The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) in its report on Moldova of April 2003, raised concerns about discrimination against Roma in the country and highlighted the frequent ill-treatment of Roma by members of the police.
Amnesty's call to action can be found here.