The Center for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism in Romania reported one arson attack, in which a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a former synagogue, and one incident of damage to property, in which stones thrown broke the windows of a synagogue.
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Report Data - Romania - 2014
The Romanian Police has established a working group to guide implementation of a number of measures aimed at increasing the effectiveness of hate crime investigations, registration and data collection on hate crimes, and at furthering the hate crime training for officers.
The working group comprising representatives of the Romanian Police, General Prosecutor's Office and the civil society organization ACCEPT has developed a methodology on the investigation of hate crimes, pending approval in 2018.
The Police have been implementing the project "Integrated action for combating hate crimes, particularly against Roma communities and ensuring a high quality standard of police service", funded by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. The project aims to, among other things, improve structures for addressing hate crimes, train police officers, and learn from experiences of other countries in addressing hate crimes.
The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians reported an incident of graffiti on a church.
ACCEPT Association and ILGA-Europe reported a case of ongoing threats and harassment against a lesbian couple.
Jehovah's Witnesses – Romania reported three incidents of physical assault, six incidents of threats and one incident of damage to property.
In his report following a country visit to Romania, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe urged the authorities to properly record hate crimes and ensure that law enforcement officials and legal professionals are adequately and systematically trained to recognise, investigate and sanction crimes committed with a racist motive, which primarily affect Roma communities.
ODIHR observes that Romania’s law-enforcement agencies have not recorded the bias motivations of hate crimes.
A new criminal code entered into force in February 2014. The new code changed the list of protected characteristics in the general penalty-enhancement provision, making it an open-ended list.
A specialized bureau for protecting national cultural heritage was established within the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police. The special bureau is tasked with handling all activities related to addressing any manifestations of racism, xenophobia, extremism and other forms of intolerance, including hate crimes.