HC Deb 08 March 1989 vol 148 cc549-50W
26. Mr. Arbuthnot

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make further representations to the Romanian Government about human rights.

Mr. Waldegrave

Certainly. We frequently raise human rights violations with the Romanians, both bilaterally arid together with our EC partners. My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State raised our concerns about Mrs. Doina Cornea and the 22 co-signatories to her open letter to President Ceausescu with the Romanian Foreign Minister in Vienna on 6 March. Regrettably, the Romanian authorities have rejected all our representations. We shall continue to raise such cases as appropriate with the Romanian authorities.

54. Mr. David Nicholson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received from Her Majesty's ambassador to Romania about human rights abuses in that country.

Mr. Waldegrave

We receive all-too-frequent reports of human rights violations in Romania, both from Her Majesty's embassy in Bucharest and from nongovernmental organisations. Romania's human rights performance is unsatisfactory in many areas, and its observance of CSCE commitments, freely entered into at the Helsinki, Madrid and Vienna meetings, inadequate. We raise these matters with the Romanian authorities on all appropriate occasions.

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