Update to ROM16270.E of 31 January 1994 on the current situation of the Christian Democratic National Peasants' Party (Partidal National Taranese-Crestin si Democrat) (PNTCD) and information on the treatment of its members in Romania [ROM23743.E]

Information on the mistreatment of members of the Christian Democratic National Peasants' Party (Partidal National Taranese-Crestin si Democrat) (PNTCD) could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

Please consult the attached documents for general information on the PNTCD and the upcoming elections, as well as various political commentaries on and by the PNTCD and on the activities of the party from 1995 to the present.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Adevarul [Bucharest, in Romanian]. 5 December 1995. Oana Iurascu. "PNTCD Head Views Dissensions Within CDR." (FBIS-EEU-95-241 15 Dec. 1995, pp. 35-36)

_____. 29 November 1995. "PDSR VP: PNTCD Members Support Iron Guard." (FBIS-EEU-95-233 5 December 1995, pp. 51-52)

Azi [Bucharest, in Romanian]. 5 January 1996. Ruyandra Tandrafoiu. "Romania: Opposition Wins Cluj Preference Poll." (FBIS-EEU-96-019 29 Jan. 1996, p. 50)

_____. 15 September 1995. Andrei Costa. "PNTCD Politician Criticizes Government." (FBIS-EEU-95-183 21 Sept. 1995, pp. 49-50)

Cotidianul [Bucharest, in Romanian]. 5 December 1995. Lucian Gheorghiu. "Differences Between CDR Leaders Viewed." (FBIS-EEU-95-241 15 December 1995, p. 36)

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ViewsWire. 8 February 1996. "Romania Politics: Iliescu Shoo-In in '96 Presidential Poll." (NEXIS)

The Europa World Yearbook 1995. 1995. 36th ed. Volume 2. London: Europa Publications, p. 2552.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Reports. 31 October 1995. "Editorial Report: PNTCD Head to Back PDSR Minority Cabinet." (FBIS-EEU-95-210 31 October 1995, p. 63)

Immigration and Naturalization Service Resource Information Center. 14 February 1995. "Romania: Peasant Christian Democratic Party." (UNHCR RefWorld database: Country and Region Information/ Responses to Information Requests (REFINFO)/ Romania/ INS\RIC/ ROM00001.INS)

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. January 1996. Vol. 42, No. 1. "Romania: Party Affairs," p. 40913.

_____. November 1995. Vol. 41, No. 11. "Romania: Death of Coposu," p. 40836.

Political Handbook of the World: 1994-1995. 1995. Edited by Arthur E. Banks. Binghamton, NY: CSA Publications, p. 724.

Radio Romania Network [Bucharest, in Romanian]. 5 December 1995 "CDR President to Join PNTCD, Run for Senate." (FBIS-EEU-95-233 5 Dec. 1995, p. 51)

_____. 6 March 1995. "PNTCD Thinks Government Needs to be Replaced." (FBIS-EEU-95-044 7 Mar. 1995, pp. 32-33)

_____. 23 January 1995. "PNTCD on Forming Opposition Coalition, UDMR." (FBIS-EEU-95-014 23 Jan. 1995, p. 38)

Reuters. 16 February 1996. BC Cycle. "Romania Adopts New Law on Political Parties." (NEXIS)

_____. 15 February 1996. BC Cycle. "Romania Will Have Local Elections in May, Official Says." (NEXIS)

_____. 19 January 1996. BC Cycle. "Romanian Opposition Party Chooses New Leader." (NEXIS)

Romania Libera [Bucharest, in Romanian]. 18 January 1996. "Romania: CDR President Views PNTCD's Prospects." (FBIS-EEU-96-16 24 Jan. 1996, pp. 66-68)

Romanian Radio [Bucharest, in Romanian]. 31 March 1995. "Media Affairs; Opposition Holds Solidarity Rally for TV Striker." (BBC Summary 3 Apr. 1995/NEXIS).

United Press International (UPI). 31 October 1995. BC Cycle. "Romanian Opposition Leader Hospitalized." (NEXIS)

Additional Sources Consulted

Amnesty International Report. Yearly. 1995.

DIRB "Amnesty International" Romania Country File. Mar. 1994-Apr. 1996.

_____. Romania Country File. Mar. 1994-Apr. 1996.

_____. Indexed Media Review. Weekly. Jan. 1995-April 1996/

Freedom in the World: The Annual Survey of Political Rights and Civil Liberties 1994-1995. 1995

Human Rights Watch World Report. Yearly. 1995, 1996.

Profiles in Asylum Claims and Country Conditions. US Dept. of State. 1994.