The Jewish Community in Moldova reported one incident of graffiti on a monument to victims of the Holocaust and one incident in which graves were desecrated with paint in a Jewish cemetery. World Without Nazism reported one incident of the desecration of a monument commemorating the Holocaust and one incident of graffiti on a school.
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Report Data - Moldova - 2013
Parliament continued discussing the amendments to the Moldova Criminal Code's hate crime provisions, which ODIHR reviewed in 2016.
In April, ODIHR, together with the OSCE Mission, Prosecutor's Office, the Police and several civil society organizations, organized a one-day workshop on improving the police recording of hate crimes. The workshop resulted in 14 recommendations to the Moldovan authorities.
The Information Center "GenderDoc-M" reported eight physical assaults, four of which also involved robberies and two of which resulted in serious injuries, with one carried out by a group and resulting in the hospitalization of the victim and the second resulting in the victim suffering a broken jaw. GenderDoc-M also reported three threats, including two against gay men and one against a lesbian.
In its fourth report, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) expressed concern about inadequate response to hate crimes, and recommended that the police and the judiciary ensure that criminal law is effectively applied in cases of violence against persons belonging to ethnic or religious minorities.
ODIHR observes that Moldova has not reported on the numbers of prosecuted cases or information on sentenced hate crime cases to ODIHR.
Official figures record a total of four cases of grave desecrations on the basis of social, ethnic, racial or religious hatred.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Justice of Moldova, with support from ODIHR, organized seminars for prosecutors on combating and preventing hate crimes and discrimination.
One case of the desecration of a Jewish cemetery is included in anti-Semitism figures in chart below, although officially recorded as part of crimes committed on the basis of social, ethnic, racial or religious hatred.