Romania: Unlawful use of firearms by law enforcement officials

By Amnesty International, , Index number: EUR 39/001/1997

Amnesty International is concerned at the increasing number of reports of apparently unlawful shootings by Romanian law enforcement officials. In several cases the victims were killed, while in others the shootings resulted in serious injury. Only two police officers have been indicted for their actions, none of the victims have received compensation. This report documents 11 incidents in which people were shot by law enforcement officers over a period of two years. Amnesty International is urging the authorities to ensure that all investigations into shootings by law enforcement officials are conducted impartially and thoroughly, to provide all law enforcement officials with clear regulations and training on the use of firearms, and to bring national legislation on the use of firearms in line with relevant international standards.

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