Police officers from Moldova to take EU-funded trainings on tackling hate crimes and hate speech
February 16, 2021

Police officers from Moldova to take EU-funded trainings on tackling hate crimes and hate speech


Moldovan policemen are to receive training on equality and non-discrimination as part of an EU-funded project on access to justice for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speech.

The training of trainers from the General Police Inspectorate is the first initiative of this kind in Moldova and will be implemented over the following two months. Sixteen police officers will deepen and improve their knowledge in the practical implementation of concepts related to human rights and equality, that will contribute to a respectful approach in interacting with different social groups. After the training, the participants will conduct training sessions at the local level for other policemen.

The training, which began on 15 February, is carried out by the regional project Strengthening access to justice for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speech in the Eastern Partnership, which is implemented by the Council of Europe.

Moldovan policewomen and policemen are often the first responders to cases of hate crime, hate speech and discrimination. The EU acknowledges their important role and responsibilities and supports relevant training activities in this sector, Head of Operations Section at the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, Magdalena Mueller-Uri said.

An analysis on the role of institutions applying the legislation that governs anti-discrimination and hate crimes in Moldova was presented at the launching event. This study was elaborated by project consultants and will serve as basis and concept for training.

The regional project Strengthening the access to justice through non-judiciary redress mechanisms for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speechruns from 1 February 2019 to 31 December 2021, in the framework of the Partnership for Good Governance Programme, financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe in their Partnership for Good Governance phase II.

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