Briefness first and foremost – September 7, 2018 IPN digest

As it was expected in the case of the expelled Turkish citizens, People’s Ombudsman Mihail Cotorobai expressed his dismay at the Moldovan authorities’ expulsion decision on the pretext of threats to the national security. In a press release, the Office of the People’s Ombudsman says that by such actions the international commitments concerning the observance human rights undertaken by Moldova were flagrantly defied, mainly the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedom, the United Nation Convention Against Torture and the Refugee Convention.

Seven MEPs, among who is Monica Macovei, expressed their profound concern about the expulsion from Moldova of six Turkish citizens who are educators of “Orizont” Lyceum. They addressed a letter to President Igor Dodon and Prime Minister Pavel Filip where they strongly criticize these actions.

In a posting on Facebook, Monica Macovei says that under the Convention of the Council of Europe and the UN Convention, the expulsion or deportation of people to countries where these could be tortured and subject to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment for their political opinions, including in dictatorships, and dictatorship has been witnessed in Turkey since Erdogan took over by a coup, is banned.

In a message on Twitter, Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn says he expects the Moldovan government and all authorities to respect the rule of law and all established judicial procedures in the case of the “Orizont” teachers.

Simultaneously, teachers, alongside parents, staged flashmob meetings in support of the six expelled teachers of Turkish origin at a number of branches of “Orizont” Lyceum in the morning of September 7.

In such circumstances, Prime Minister Pavel Filip requested the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research to take all the necessary measures to ensure the proper functioning of the private lyceum where the Turkish citizens who were expelled from Moldova worked. The Government also asked the Security and Intelligence service to present additional information about this case so that the situation could be analyzed objectively, while Speaker of Parliament Andrian Candu asked to organize parliamentary hearings on the issue.

Information was also sought by President Igor Dodon, while Moldova’s Embassy in Berlin temporarily stopped work following protests announced by a group of Turkish citizens and signals of possible aggression.

The IPN Experts, focusing on the recent meeting of President Igor Dodon with the leader of the Transnistrian region Vadim Krasnoselsk from the official press release deduce that the sides managed to draw their positions much closer so as to work out approaches and implement these later. Wow, why so intricately if during the first 100 days of presidency, which was until April 1, 2017, in the dialogue with the Transnistrian leaders he was to reach a compromise concerning the political settlement of the Transnistrian conflict? Because the President promised to the people what he cannot deliver, the experts concluded, providing conclusive arguments.

The third Must Fest returns to the Great National Assembly Square of Chișinău where the organizers promise to stage a grandiose festival and corresponding concerts. Tickets will cost 200 lei for a day and 300 lei for two days. If it seems too expensive to you, imagine that this is your investment in our economy!

Even if we kept our fingers crossed for them, the pair Radu Albot/Malek Jaziri failed to qualify for the final of the US Open. Anyway, well done! The qualification for the US Open doubles semifinals is the greater result in the career of Radu Albot and also for the Moldovan tennis.

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