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Romania: To have a national sex offender registry

Romania is to have a national sex offender registry that will allow the rapid identification of persons who have committed sexual offenses. President Klaus Iohannis signed on Thursday, June 20, the law on the organization of this Automated National Registry, which targets sexual offenders. Full Article

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Although intrusions into the privacy of citizens is always a concern, we should be careful about how the word “registry” is bandied about. In the U.S., the “registry” is usually synonymous with the public display and doxxing of all registrants. Once the public is aware, of course, that leads into the multitude of all other laws such as restrictions zones, employment difficulties (>60% unemployment rate) and travel restrictions, not just internationally and domestically, as well as the constant threat of attack and overall derision.

At this point, the registry in Romania is strictly law enforcement-only. However, the amount of restrictions is relatively numerous, almost as many in the United States as far as reporting and travel notification duties. But at least everything is private, and it won’t affect non-sensitive employment as much as it does in the U.S.

I suspect, though, that Romania will never publicize the registry, citing the U.K. vigilantism against SUSPECTED and COMPLETELY INNOCENT individuals as an example, as well as the U.S. example which destroys community cohesion.

My wife and I drove through the Carpathian mountains last September. It’s a beautiful country and was one of the funnest vacations I have ever taken. Romania has a host of other problems however. There is massive corruption in its government. There are two main parties. One that is socialist and has Eastern Orthodox Christian values, and then there is the more conservative and libertarian party. So family values becomes a political football, and while one might agree with the overall morality of the socialists, they’re also the ones that have the communist roots from back in the day when it was under a communist dictator, and they’re the ones who’ve recently been caught doing corrupt things such as misappropriating funds for personal use or the good-ol-boy network. So the nation is given these two choices. Either total secular libertarian or keep your Christian values but be a socialist. So most people there feel like they have no good choices.

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