Romania

Anti-corruption activists targeted with death threats and judicial persecution in Romania

Romanian authorities tried to undermine the candidature of former chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Kövesi for the European Public Prosecutor by taking judicial action against her. Laura Kovesi has successful convicted many high level politicians and in March 2019 was prohibited from leaving the country and speaking to media, after being charged with some criminal offences. Separately, in May 2019, the rector and the pro-rector of the Police Academy were charged for issuing death threat against journalist Emilia Șercan investigating corruption.
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Anti-corruption activists targeted with death threats and judicial persecution in Romania

Journalists ordered to reveal sources in corruption probe

In November 2018, a Romanian authority ordered the RISE project to reveal their sources in an investigation into corruption. Read more

Journalists ordered to reveal sources in corruption probe

Police charged for unjustified use of violence, as Romanian politicians blame protestors

In late September, Romanian prosecutors charged a number of senior police officers over the use of violence during a protest in Bucharest on 10th August. Read more

Police charged for unjustified use of violence, as Romanian politicians blame protestors

Reports suggest man died following tear gas inhalation at anti-corruption protest

Following large-scale anti-corruption protests in Bucharest on 10th August, during which police beat protestors and fired tear gas and water cannon, a man died on 19th August reportedly from complications related to tear gas inhalation. Read more

Reports suggest man died following tear gas inhalation at anti-corruption protest

Parliament to Vote on alarming NGO Law

A draft bill that imposes burdensome bureaucratic requirements and threatens dissolution for non-compliance proceeds for vote in Parliament. Read more

Parliament to Vote on alarming NGO Law

State proposes further restrictions on NGOs in latest amendment to NGO Law

In early March 2018, another restrictive draft amendment to Romania's NGO laws appeared on a government website. Read more

State proposes further restrictions on NGOs in latest amendment to NGO Law

Mass protests continue over weakening of anti-corruption laws

Mass protests continued at the end of 2017 and are likely to continue into 2018 as civil society remains concerned over a weakening of democratic protections and the fight against corruption in Romania. Read more

Mass protests continue over weakening of anti-corruption laws

Romanian lawmakers seek to increase bureaucratic burden on NGOs

Romania's ruling parties seem to have started a smear campaign against NGOs, insinuating that they might have some hidden interests in "destabilising the country". Read more

Romanian lawmakers seek to increase bureaucratic burden on NGOs

Large-scale anti-graft protests lead to legislative change

On 31st January 2017, after only in office, Romania's new governemnt passed a decree decriminalising some acts of corruption and amending the Criminal Code on abuse of power. Read more

Large-scale anti-graft protests lead to legislative change

Setback for same-sex marriage in Romania

The recent mobilisation by a conservative umbrella grouping of CSOs, closely affiliated to the Romanian Orthodox Church called The Coalition for Family, has raised 3 million signatures in support of a change to the Romanian Constitution which restricts the definition of family to heterosexual couples. Read more

Setback for same-sex marriage in Romania