Opinion on the Draft Law "Hate Crimes and Holocaust Denial - Amending and Supplementing Certain Acts" of the Republic of Moldova (in English)

Summary: OSCE/ODIHR welcomes Moldova’s efforts to strengthen the legal framework to prosecute crimes committed with a bias motive in Moldova and putting the reforms within a broader context of efforts to combat intolerance. The aim to bring legislation in the area of bias-motivated crime and anti-discrimination in line with international standards is also welcome. At the same time, it is noted that many of the concerns voiced by ODIHR in previous opinions have not been addressed in the current Draft Amendments. Further some of the provisions in the Draft Amendments are drafted in an overly broad manner and do not meet the requirements of legal certainty, foreseeability and specificity.