DECLARATION on recognition of the captive character of the Republic of Moldova
Voted by the Parliament of Moldova on 8th of June 2019
The Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, as the supreme legislative body of the people and the sole legislative authority of the country, pursuant to Article 6 of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova, confirmed in this position as a result of the parliamentary elections of 24 February 2019, expresses great concern over the captivity of state institutions and law enforcement. The citizens of our country are suffocated by endemic corruption, theft and illicit privatization of public goods, total control over the judicial system exercised by the oligarchy, and numerous attacks on the rights and freedoms of citizens. We, the Members of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, have the obligation to stop the country from derailing towards dictatorship, by building the rule of law and restoring democracy in the Republic of Moldova, as enshrined in the Constitution.
Considering the major importance of the statement made on 11 August 2015 by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, on the captured state, the selective application of justice and the existence of serious failures in the political process in the Republic of Moldova;
Recalling the Resolutions of the European Parliament of 9 July and 4 November 2018, that accused the Chișinău government of:
- Capture of the state, manifested also through the illegal decisions to cancel the results of the free and democratic elections in Chisinau;
- Harassment of opposition parties;
- Blocking the investigation of the one billion dollars theft and the recovery of stolen assets;
- Arrest, harassment and character assassination in the media of opposition members and supporters;
- Using intelligence services as political police and ill-treatment of opponents of the regime;
We, the elected Members of the new Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, consider that restoring the rule of law is an absolute priority and that only in this way we can stop the sliding of the Republic of Moldova towards dictatorship. Only by liberating the state from captivity we will be able to launch policies allowing to address the social-economic challenges in the interest of our people. Only by rebuilding the trust of citizens in the good functioning of the state will we be able to stop the massive exodus of the people, that has become an existential threat for the Republic of Moldova. That is the only way we can ensure justice a decent life for all citizens, here at home.
We declare a serious social, economic and political crisis, exacerbated by the general endemic corruption through usurpation of power, which constitutes the most serious crime against the people of the Republic of Moldova, according to the provisions of Article 2 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova.
In these circumstances, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova:
- Denounces the current oligarchic regime, led by Vladimir Plahotniuc, leader of the Democratic Party, guilty of unlawful and unconstitutional control over the Office of the Prosecutor General, the judiciary system, National Anticorruption Centre, National Integrity Authority, Central Electoral Commission, Security and Intelligence Service, National Bank of Moldova, and other authorities which must operate autonomously, independently from the political factor, being democratically monitored;
- Establishes that the Democratic Party under Vladimir Plahotniuc acts as a party of totalitarian expression, abusing the public funds to promote projects in their own interests, institutions, positions, and law enforcement to intimidate and eliminate political opponents and to apply political corruption through blackmail and bribery;
- Condemns endemic corruption – the main threat to the freedom, security, and well-being of the Republic of Moldova and its citizens;
- Finds that there is a particularly severe situation in the areas of justice, safeguarding and protection of human rights and attests a profound deterioration of basic standards of the civil rights and freedoms, including degrading treatment, torture and abusive deportation of political asylum seekers.
As a result of this state of affairs, the Republic of Moldova has become one of the poorest and most vulnerable countries in Europe, with a worrying depopulation rate.
This state of affairs can be changed.
Aware of the gravity of the situation and guided by our responsibility towards the people, we, the Members of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, commit to consistently fight to restore the rule of law and to respect the fundamental rights of citizens of our country.
In this context, we express the vote of no-confidence to the leadership of the following state structures, which have become docile instruments of the oligarchic regime, and we consider imperative to:
- Dismiss the Prosecutor General, identify and appoint an independent prosecutor, preferably from the European space;
- Dismiss the leadership of the Security and Intelligence Service;
- Dismiss the members of the Central Electoral Commission;
- Dismiss the leadership of the National Anticorruption Center;
- Dismiss the members of the Audiovisual Council;
- Dismiss the leadership of the National Integrity Authority;
- Dismiss the leadership of the Supreme Court of Justice, as well as other law enforcement and regulatory institutions;
- Establish parliamentary committees of inquiry regarding:
- The investigation of the one billion dollars theft from the National Bank of Moldova currency reserves, with the obligation to disclose the Kroll 2 report;
- The consequences of implementing the law on capital amnesty;
- Investigation of money laundering operations (laundromat).
Under these circumstances, we commit to urgently adopt the legislation necessary to free these institutions, as well as to repeal the mixed electoral system and to return to the proportional voting system, improved as recommended by the Venice Commission.
Now is the time to urgently and fundamentally change the state of affairs, to return the Republic of Moldova to its own citizens and to prove that we are in the service of the country and its people!