Romania was isolated and denounced today as Europe’s most repressive state.
Foreign ministers at a 35-nation conference on human rights singled out the government of President Nicolae Ceausescu as the odd man out in a changing Europe.
“While strong currents of change are felt throughout Europe, there is one government--Romania--which apparently has decided to go against the tide,” Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Hans van den Broek said.
Ceausescu’s sweeping plans to modernize Romania include the destruction of thousands of villages of the ethnic Hungarian minority.
None of Romania’s East Bloc allies at the conference came to Ceausescu’s defense at the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.