Moldova Mandates Proper Arguments for Foreign Expulsion

The General Inspectorate for Migration will be required to furnish appropriate arguments when expelling individuals from the territory of the Republic of Moldova.

This directive follows the amendment of legislation subsequent to the conviction of the Republic of Moldova by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the case of the expulsion of seven Turkish teachers. The matter was deliberated on Tuesday within the parliamentary committee on national security, defence, and public order.

According to Jana Costachi, the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, authorities have revised the existing legislation concerning the expulsion and readmission of foreigners from the Republic of Moldova's territory to preclude similar abuses observed in the case of the Turkish teachers' expulsion.

"This modification reflects our unequivocal intention: we aim to ensure the individual's right to information, regardless of the decision regarding their expulsion," explained Jana Costachi. "Consequently, we have acted upon all directives from the Constitutional Court, which declared various provisions of Law 200 on foreigners unconstitutional, for which we hold responsibility."

The events of autumn 2018, when seven Turkish teachers were expelled from the country, it was the Intelligence and Security Service that proclaimed suspicions of their affiliations with an Islamist group engaged in illicit activities across several nations.

In June 2019, the ECtHR convicted the Republic of Moldova for the expulsion of these Turkish educators, compelling the state to remunerate each expelled individual with €25,000. Simultaneously, the ECtHR recommended that authorities in Chișinău address specific deficiencies identified within the legislation.

Translation by Iurie Tataru

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