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U.S. Gives Romania, Moldova Mixed Rights Report

Romany women attending a literacy course in Romania (file photo) (AFP) PRAGUE, March 9, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S. State Department says in its annual human rights report that the Romanian government made "increasing attempts to address human rights issues during the year."

But, the report issued in Washington on March 8, said "human rights abuses continued to occur."

The reports said examples of abuses include "police abuse and harassment of detainees and Roma." They also include "incidents of intimidation and harassment of journalists."

Turning to Moldova, the report said "the government generally respected the human rights of its citizens." But it said "there were problems in some areas" and cited as examples "judicial and police corruption" and "selective official harassment and intimidation of the political opposition."

The report also said "the human rights record of the Transdniesterian authorities remained poor."

For an overview of the State Department report, click here.

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