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New ECRI reports on Portugal and Moldova

October 3rd 2018

On 2 October 2018, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) presented two new monitoring reports on the Republic of Moldova and Portugal. In both reports, ECRI analyse recent developments and outstanding issues and provide recommendations to the respective authorities.


Moldova

In the report concerning the Republic of Moldova, ECRI concludes that hate speech against Roma, LGBT, and black communities in the public discourse is escalating while the authorities are failing to take a strong public stand against it. The report further calls on authorities to develop a comprehensive strategy to prevent hate speech since very few cases reach the courts. In this regard, ECRI also recommends increasing the training for law enforcement officials and judiciary on hate crime, including hate speech.

A positive finding in the report is that the Council to Prevent and Combat Discrimination and Ensure Equality (CPPEDAE) has become more visible and effective in its work, and the Ombudsman has a stronger role, Although ECRI underlines the need to strengthen their institutional capacity. Read the report here.

Portugal

In the ECRI report on Portugal, it was concluded that there has been significant progress in LGBT rights and in the education of migrants. The report highlights that same-sex couples had access to joint adoption and assisted reproduction in 2016, and that transgender persons no longer need a medical certificate to obtain gender-recognition or change their first name. Overall, school results of pupils of migrant origin have significantly improved and their early school drop-out has reduced.

ECRI further recommends that the Portuguese authorities make the Commission for Equality and Combating Racial Discrimination entirely independent, which goes in line with ECRI’s General Policy Recommendation No. 2 on ‘Equality bodies to combat racism and intolerance at national level’. In relation the Ombudsman, ECRI is pleased to note the recommendations made by the Ombudsman in a number of cases related to racism and discrimination, particularly towards Roma and foreigners. Read the report here.