Rights of Transnistrians are often violated


The freedom of movement and the rights to education and property continue to be often violated in the Transnistrian region. In a report, Promo-LEX says that no improvements in the situation of human rights on the left side of the Nistru were witnessed during the first half of this year. In a press release, the association says the 33 illegal customs posts create obstacles to free movement as the people have to complete the “migration card”, IPN reports.

Promo-LEX said the lists of undesirable persons continue to be used. The right to education is restricted, especially when it is about the Latin script. The use of the Latin script for the “Moldovan” language can be punished with a fine of over €50. The Lyceum “Evrica” situated in Rabnita is obliged to pay over €30,000 rent a year.

The inhabitants of Dubasari district have been unable to cultivate their farmland for 13 years. The Transnistrian administration leased out this land to local business entities. The given problem grows in size when it becomes known that these plots are 6,500 ha in area. Promo-LEX says that even if President Igor Dodon said he established amicable relations with representatives of the Transnistrian administration, the held meetings produced no concrete results.

After having 50 meetings with the foreign partners, the representatives of the Reintegration Office haven’t yet agreed an efficient mechanism for observing or ensuring the human rights in the region. In the first half of this year, the European Court of Human Rights passed four judgments on human rights violations in Transnistria and obliged Russia to pay over €200,000 damages to the plaintiffs. As a result of the Constitutional Court’s judgment by which the presence of foreign troops on Moldova’s territory was declared illegal, Tiraspol simplified the mechanism for obtaining Transnistrian nationality for Russian soldiers.

According to Promo-LEX, the reported violations could be eliminated swifter if the international organizations exerted pressure on the Transnistrian administration so that journalists, NGOs and lawyers, including from the right side of the Nistru, could work unhampered in the region.