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Transnistria leader to CoE Human Rights Commissioner: Violations of human rights are practically nonexistent

On October 12th, the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner, Nils Muiznieks, paid a visit to Moldova’s breakaway region, Transnistria, and had in Tiraspol a discussion with the local president, Vadim Krasnoselsky. The main focus of the talks was obviously the respect for human rights in the region.

Despite several reports of HR violations, Krasnoselsky claimed that violations are almost nonexistent in the so-called Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic:

“In (our) state, everyone is subordinate to the law- from President to the regular citizen,- the cases of human rights violations are practically excluded”, a press release of the presidency quotes Krasnoselsky.

Suspecting that the Chișinău authorities might have told Muiznieks something different, Krasnoselsky invited him to ask questions about any moments concerning the Moldovan party.

In his turn, the Commissioner showed interest towards the situation of human rights in the Transnistrian prisons and about the domestic violence cases. Muiznieks also drew attention to the rights of people with disabilities and the opportunity to involve them in the education system.

Citizens complained over 70 times to the European Court of Human Rights because of human rights violations in the Transnistrian region. The responsibility is often delegated to the Republic of Moldova, who de-jure should control the region, and the Russian Federation, who de-facto has indirect but huge influence in the separatist republic politics and policy-making.

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A military helicopter has collapsed in the Transnistrian region

An MI-8 helicopter of the so-called Transdniestrian Air Force has suffered an accident on the territory of the Tiraspol airfield. The accident occurred on September 20, and three people were on board. The helicopter is totally destroyed, and nothing about the fate of passengers is known, says Runway08, a blog about aviation.

On the other hand, in a press release published on the site of the so-called Defense Ministry of the separatist republic, the incident is confirmed, but it is said that the helicopter suffered little mechanical damage, and those on board ended up with light injuries.

According to the separatist authorities, in order to determine the circumstances in which this accident has occurred, an investigation was initiated.

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Russia urged by ECHR to pay 53.000 EUR for the mother of a young man killed in a paramilitary unit in Transnistria

On September 18, the European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling finding that the Russian Federation had violated art. 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights on the right to life after a young man was forcedly assassinated and killed in an illegal paramilitary unit in the Transnistrian region.

Young people who refuse to serve the illegal regime of the so-called “Transnistrian Army” are hunted down and persecuted by the administration of the region, and the Moldovan authorities are indifferent to this problem, which has been repeated for more than 25 years.

According to a Promo-LEX Report, young people who avoid enlisting in the so-called “Transnistrian army” are fined up to 1,700 EUR or get up to 2 years in prison. In the history of Moldova, there is no sentence of condemnation for the forced enlistment of young people in the Transnistrian region.

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NB: The armed forces in the Transnistrian region have about 5.000 people (the national army of Moldova has a staff of about 6.000 people), distributed in 4 infantry brigades (Ribnita, Dubasari, Tiraspol and Bender); a special brigade; Battalion of tanks, equipped with 20 fighting machines; 18 missile launch systems of the “Grad” type and less than a 100 pieces of artillery.

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500 military students, including minors, trained by Transnistrian soldiers in the Security Zone

During the hearing of the Moldovan Joint Control Commission (September 13) on the Situation in the Security Zone, the Moldovan delegation called for explanations regarding the military actions organized on 7-9 September by the military structures of Tiraspol near the Mereneşti locality, in the southern sector of the Security Zone.

About 500 military students, including minors: Cadets and Suvorovists who, under the guidance of the Transnistrian soldiers, attended a training course with the use of military equipment. Such incidents occurred simultaneously at the bridges over the river Nistru Gura Bâcului – Baciuc and Rezina – Ribnita.

These are some of the many waves of abuse committed by Tiraspol, that violate the right to free movement in the Security Zone and prove the importance of ensuring security and free movement in the Security Zone by the peacekeeping contingent jointly with Police and the so-called Russian “militia”.

Discussions on the subject will be continued at the next JCC meeting scheduled for 20 September 2018.

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