Information from 1990 to present on whether identity booklets are stamped or marked when criminal investigations or convictions occur, and if so, on the type of stamp or mark for offences related to homosexuality [ROM27221.E]

In an 18 July 1997 telephone interview, the vice-president of the Romanian Helsinki Committee in Bucharest provided the following information, which represents the vice-president's viewpoint. The vice-president is not aware of any time period in which information was placed in Romanian identity booklets that directly stated, or indirectly stated by the use of codes or marks, that the holders were suspected of having committed criminal offences, were under criminal investigation or had been convicted of having committed criminal offences.

Corroborating or additional information on the above-mentioned topic could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

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.


Romanian Helsinki Committee, Bucharest. 18 July 1997. Telephone interview with the vice-president.

Additional Sources Consulted

CSCE Digest [Washington].

DIRB country file on Romania.

DIRB databases.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Reports. Daily.

News from Helsinki Watch [New York]. Monthly.

Transition [Prague]. Twice monthly.

Uncaptive Minds [Washington]. Quarterly.

Unsuccessful attempts to contact other oral sources.