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U.S. Cites Denial of Vardanian's Legal Rights

Moldova - U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, 08Oct2009
U.S. Embassy, Moldova
April 22, 2010

The United States Embassy remains deeply concerned by the arrest of journalist Ernest Vardanean and the procedures under which he is being held by the Transnistrian authorities. We strongly urge that international standards of fundamental human and legal rights be strictly observed in this case. We are disturbed by reports that neither Mr. Vardanean nor his lawyer was permitted to attend a recent pre-trial detention hearing, which would appear to contravene such rights. We share the strong concerns of the EU and other heads of missions in Moldova regarding the denial of Mr. Vardanean’s legal rights and urge that due process be respected.

We are also troubled – as is the European Union and others – about a broader problem of ongoing pressure and intimidation against representatives of civil society. These actions, too, are contrary to international standards of human rights.

Statements from international media advocacy groups protesting Vardanean's arrest are here and here.