The Jewish Community of the Republic of Moldova and the OSCE Mission to Moldova reported an incident of vandalism, in which a swastika and other insulting inscriptions were drawn on the wall of a Jewish school.
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Report Data - Moldova - 2015
The Moldovan Parliament continued discussing amendments to the Criminal Code's hate crime provisions, which ODIHR reviewed in 2016.
The Parliament also approved a National Human Rights Action Plan, which includes a number of measures to address hate crimes, including establishing a system to collect disaggregated data on hate crimes.
The Information Center "GenderDoc-M" and the OSCE Mission to Moldova reported a physical assault carried out by a group targeting a transgender woman and her husband, and a physical assault that involved a robbery. "GenderDoc-M" also reported an additional five physical assaults, including one carried out by a group and one that caused serious injury; two attempted assaults; two incidents in which rainbow flags were stolen from an LGBT-rights organization; one incident of vandalism; and four threats.
The OSCE Mission to Moldova participated in the work of an inter-institutional working group established by the Ministry of Justice to revise and improve the existing legal framework for combating hate crimes. The Mission also facilitated the Ministry of Justice's request to ODIHR to review the draft law prepared by this working group.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) supported a number of training initiatives related to refugees and hate crimes, organized in co-operation with the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), the Bureau for Migration and Asylum (BMA), judicial officials and civil society.
ODIHR observes – in the context of the disparity between reported official and IGO/NGO information – that reliable data can only be collected through mechanisms that capture all cases reported to law enforcement, and that the victims should be encouraged to report hate crimes.
In 2015, the Ministry of Justice continued a consultation process, through an inter-institutional working group, to revise and improve Moldova's criminal code provisions addressing hate crimes.