At a plenary session on Wednesday, the Chamber of Deputies defeated a simple justice motion called “Human rights are no luxury” initiated by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) against Justice Minister Raluca Pruna.
The motion was defeated 85 to 45 votes and 85 abstentions. Four MPs did not vote.
The signatories – 53 MPs of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR), the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) and non-affiliated MPs- say their initiative was a reaction to a statement by Justice Minister Pruna that a recently passed emergency ordinance on phone surveillance of March 11, 2016, does not curtail rights and freedoms, but make them effective. “Only a criminal investigation and weak fight against crime, any discussion about right is theoretical luxury.”
They were calling on Justice Minister Pruna to step down.
“If you do not step down or you are dismissed by the head of the Government, it means that what you did was to voice and present in a judicial form through the ordinance you initiated a philosophy about precarity of fundamental citizen’s rights and freedoms that is shared by the entire Government,” the document says.
Attending the debates on the motion Pruna said caricature discussions of the simple motion serve nobody.