Treatment of persons who actively oppose the current government's "communist policies" by security forces and the police, and protection available (1993 to April 2000) [ROM34079.E]

No information on the treatment of political dissidents or opponents by the government, the security forces or the police could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

Freedom House, a US-based organization which has promoted democratic values for the last 60 years, rated Romania as a partly free country for the years 1993-1998. Furthermore, Romania increased its democratic rating from 3.4 in 1993-97 to 4.4 in 1997-98 on the Freedom House 1-7 country rating scale. The Freedom House Freedom in the World: The Annual Survey of Political Rights and Civil Liberties 1998-1999 rates Romania as a free country.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate 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 sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Freedom House. 1999. Freedom in the World: The Annual Survey of Political Rights and Civil Liberties 1998-1999. [Accessed 12 Apr.2000]

_____. n.d. Country ratings. [Accessed 12 Apr. 2000]

Additional Sources Consulted

IRB databases



Internet sources, including:

Amnesty International

Fédération internationale des droits de l'homme (FIDH)

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (LCHR)

Romanian Helsinki Committee (APADOR-CH)

World News Connection (WNC)

World Organization Against Torture (OMCT)