- Human rights in Romania
Human rights in Romania are generally respected by the government, although there were issues during the December 12 elections. [ [http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2004/41703.htm 2004 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Romania ] ]
Nonetheless, there were reports in 2003 and 2004 of
police brutality, in particular against Roma, and concerns raised about the failure of the government to fully investigate and prosecute alleged cases of police brutality. [ [http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2004/41703.htm 2004 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Romania ] ]
Freedom of the press
The government has been accused at times of restricting
freedom of the press. Journalists who wrote reports critical of government policies and actions have claimed they were targets for harassment and intimidation during the Romanian presidential election, 2004.
Religious minorities have complained of discriminatory treatment by the government. Societal harassment of ethnic and sexual minorities remains a problem, as do violence. Major cities continue to have large populations of homeless children, most of whom are Roma.
The government is beginning to address the problem of trafficking in women and girls for the purposes of
prostitution. Discrimination and violence against the Roma minority remain problems, as is the apparent reticence of the government to investigate and punish such discrimination.Fact|date=June 2008 Child laborabuses have been reported, as well as government interference in trade unionactivities.
There has been a growing awareness of
human traffickingas a human rights issue in Europe ("see main article: trafficking in human beings"). The end of communism has contributed to an increase in human trafficking, with the majority of victims being women forced into prostitution. [ [http://www.coe.int/T/E/Com/Files/Themes/trafficking/ default ] ] [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3979725.stm BBC NEWS | World | Europe | A modern slave's brutal odyssey ] ] Romania is a country of origin and country of transit for persons, primarily women and children, trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. The Romanian government has shown some commitment to combat trafficking but has been criticized for failing to fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. [ [http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2005/46616.htm V. Country Narratives - Countries Q through Z ] ] [ [http://www.catwinternational.org/factbook/Romania.php Romania - Coalition Against Trafficking of Women ] ]
LGBT rights in Romania
* - [http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/profiles/Romania.pdf Romania]
* [http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/211/ Censorship in Romania] - IFEX
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