The Moldovan Parliament became one more instrument used in the attack against civil society and the opposition in the Republic of Moldova and to spread fake news, the founder of the “Open Dialog” Foundation Ludmila Kozlowska was quoted by IPN as saying in the talk show “Politics of Natalia Morari” on TV8 channel.
“We are monitoring the situation related to human rights, the freedom of expression and the freedom of assembly in different countries in the post-Soviet area and the way in which the Moldovan Parliament is used instrumentally to straggle against a small group of activists who deal with human rights in the country is unprecedented,” stated Ludmila Kozlowska.
She noted the existence of the parliamentary commission of inquiry for elucidating the circumstances of the interference by “Open Dialog” and its founder in the internal affairs of the Republic of Moldova and of the financing of particular political parties gives her reasons for proposing the leader of the PDM Vladimir Plahotniuc and the functionaries who are close to him for being subject to personal sanctions. “This was problematic until now,” stated the activist.
According to her, the Moldovan government and other functionaries before September 2017 said they didn’t know about the existence of the “Open Dialog” Foundation and what this was doing. “But suddenly, after financial limitations were imposed on Moldova by the European Union related to the human rights, a number of institutions beganto talk about this and to formulate particular demands and the rhetoric changed. We started to be accused of becoming involved in Moldova’s politics and of misinforming representatives of the European Parliament and the European Commission,” stated Ludmila Kozlowska.
On October 4, Parliament constituted a commission of inquiry for elucidating the circumstances of the interference by “Open Dialog” and its founder Ludmila Kozlowska in the internal affairs of the Republic of Moldova and of the financing of particular political parties. In the sitting held last week, the legislative body extended the period during which the commission of inquiry is to present its report for 30 days. On November 2, the commission will start to question the responsible authorities.