ROMANIA: Pungesti a Nightmare of Human Rights Violations

A French citizen under consular protection established a bailiff’s report demonstrating the blocking of free circulation and free personal property access by the Romanian Gendarmerie (riot police) in Pungesti,...

A French citizen under consular protection established a bailiff’s report demonstrating the blocking of free circulation and free personal property access by the Romanian Gendarmerie (riot police) in Pungesti, Romania.

A romanian mother mebrassing her son after she reportedly was beaten by the romanian riot state police forces in Pungesti's anti-Chevron demonstrations to defend their land.

A romanian mother mebrassing her son after she reportedly was beaten by the romanian riot state police forces in Pungesti’s anti-Chevron demonstrations to defend their land.

On the 10th of December 2013, the International Day of Human Rights, Mrs. Simone Nicolescot brought in the attention of the justice authorities in Vaslui (the county’s capital) a request for presidential order to put an end to the abuses made in Pungesti (Vaslui county) by the Romanian Gendarmerie, who restricted the right to free passage and free personal property access, as the bailiff witnessed herself, around the perimeter where Chevron claims to start exploiting shale gas in Romania.

On the 12th of December 2013 the justice authorities will decide upon the mater, the decision is waited at 12:00 PM.

Ignoring the will of the Pungesti population and the refusal of local administration to give authorization for the exploitation of shale gas in Pungesti, the sadly famous American company Chevron managed to convince the Romanian Government to deploy an impressive militarized plan in order to try and quash all opposing the project. Saturday, 7th December 2013, Pungesti was the place of an intervention counting more than 1000 gendarmes who evacuated by force those who opposed the exploitation of shale gas in their village. The abuses committed that day are subject to multiple criminal complaints, but furthermore ever since the 7th of December a genuine curfew was installed in the Romanian village. The gendarmes stop all movement in the perimeter concessioned by Chevron, even on the neighboring properties, and ban movement for groups larger than 3 people, not hesitating to make use of force to impose these restrictions.

Beyond the fact that the acquisition of the land concessioned to Chevron is under criminal investigation by the National Office for Anti-Corruption, the Romanian Gendarmerie as well as the Romanian State have to give explanations for classifying Chevron’s land as “special area for public safety” (a notion unknown for both the Romanian and international law), which in the view of the prime minister Victor Ponta is reason enough to authorize the repression in which the forces for order are engaged at this moment.

In the Video report below, you can see the evidence of The Human Rights Violations

Vedat Xhymshiti; is an independent journalist and war correspondent. He has reported on a number of Middle Eastern conflicts from the Arab Spring in 2010 to the current Syrian civil war. He has been published in various media including Der Spiegel, NY Times, TIME, Paris Match, Le Monde ect. He is specialized in International Relations and Diplomacy. Xhymshiti is also a print media critic, a columnist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, and founder of THEFrontliner.net

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