HL Deb 23 July 1985 vol 466 c1193WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether Romania is complying with all its obligations under the international Helsinki Agreements; and if this is not so, what have been the principal breaches or shortcomings on the part of the Romanian authorities.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces (Lord Trefgarne)

Regrettably, Romania is not complying with all its obligations under the Helsinki Final Act, despite public statements in support of the CSCE process. The principal shortcomings have been in the area of human rights and fundamental freedoms. The freedoms of speech, conscience and assembly are heavily circumscribed. Romanians wishing to travel abroad, emigrate or marry a foreigner face serious difficulties, though there has been some improvement in family reunification cases.