In 2019 and 2020 I was contracted by the Romanian equalities body, Consiliul National pentru Combaterea Discriminarii (CNCD), to deliver 8 half-day training workshops on hate crime and hate speech for 94 police, gendarmes, prosecutors and judges. Romania’s criminal code provides some of the most comprehensive provisions in Europe for responding to hate crime.
The workshops contributed to 3-day training events organised as part of the NoIntoHate 2018 project funded by the European Union's Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020).
Hate crime can have a particularly damaging impact upon the lives of targeted individuals and communities—more so than many other types of crime. Abusing a person’s social identity hurts mentally and psychologically. It can also affect people’s behaviour and damage their quality of life as they seek to avoid further victimization.
It is vital that all in the Romanian criminal justice system understand the particular damaging impact of hate crime—which provides the imperative for managing hate crime with the gravity it deserves. Raising awareness about the particular potential harmful impact of hate crime was therefore a central aim of the workshops.
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