A platform for dialogue and cooperation on preventing and combating discrimination was created among Police and the Equality Council in the Republic of Moldova at the occasion of the workshop “Practical aspects of investigating cases of discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes in the Republic of Moldova” held in Chisinau on 13 November 2023.
The platform will aim to strengthen cooperation among all relevant actors working in this field, for the ultimate goal of a better protection of victims of discrimination, especially those from vulnerable groups.
The workshop aimed to address the practical aspects of examining, qualifying and documenting cases of discrimination, hate speech/hate crimes. The participants discussed in particular the internal procedures of law enforcement institutions, the competencies and practices in handling discrimination cases, as well methods of strengthening the cooperation between the General Police Inspectorate and Equality Council, for a better protection of victims of discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes.
It brought together representatives of the General Police Inspectorate and the Equality Council, in particular police officers, including the trainers on discrimination and equality, representatives of Police Directorates and Inspectorates from the Northern, Central and Southern regions of the country, as well as the Equality Council representatives.
Participants expressed their commitment to actively engage in joint awareness actions to combat discrimination, hate speech and bias-motivated offences in the Republic of Moldova, including at the local level.
This event is organised as a synergy of the project "Combating discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes in the Republic of Moldova" part of the "Partnership for Good Governance" Programme, co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, and the project ”Enhancing diversity and equality in the Republic of Moldova”, implemented in the framework of the Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova for 2021-2024 and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.