Romania’s New Anti-Semitism Laws Meaningless If Not Enforced

26 Jun 2018

Romania’s parliament has passed an additional law to help combat anti-Semitism but a leading activist says the problem is that the current laws are not being enforced. The new law prohibits disseminating material that falls under the government’s definition of anti-Semitism and creating anti-Semitic organizations. Penalties range from three months to ten years.

However, Maximillian Marco Katz, the founding director of MCA Romania-The Center for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism, said that Romania has no lack of existing laws against anti-Semitism. Holocaust denial is illegal Romania’s and incitement to hate or discrimination against any ethnic group can earn one up to three years in prison. The problem is that the existing laws are not enforced. Making new laws is meaningless if they, too, will also be overlooked.

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