The Hate Crime and Hate Speech Victims Support Handbook will be presented at the event ‘FIGHTING HATE SPEECH AND HATE CRIME AT THE EU LEVEL: An overview of the rising crisis’ on 9th June in Brussels, within ALDA’s General Assembly.
This event will be a dissemination of the project’s outcomes and how the European Institutions welcome the deliverable, what are the positive impacts of the Handbook as support to the victims. The presence of European institutions and international stakeholders will give value to the project and outcome, creating the stage for more detailed discussion about the discrimination that is perpetrated against different groups, such as minorities groups or women.
Other organisations and participants will have the opportunity to contribute with questions and comments or even show their good practices in countering hate speech and hate crimes against various minorities.
The speakers will be Nataša Vučković, ALDA’s Governing Board Member and Director of the Foundation for Democracy, Belgrade (Serbia); Federico Terreni, Policy Officer for the European Movement International and Alessandra Brigo, Winning Narratives Centre Coordinator at the IPPF European Network. The event will be presented by Camila Vedovato, ALDA’s Gender, Inclusion & Human Rights Hub Coordinator, and moderated by Giulia Meco, ALDA’s Gender Inclusion and Human Rights Junior Project Manager.
The event will take place at Maison Hap of the municipality of Etterbeek in Brussels, from 14:00h to 15:30h. You can register using this Google Form. You can find more information about this event in this Agenda.
The first phase of this training has focused on future professionals in this sector, with sessions given last week on 15 and 16 May at the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the University of Malaga (UMA) for students of Citizen Journalism and Social Networks of the Journalism Degree, and for students of Audiovisual Programming and Audience Analysis of the Audiovisual Communication Degree at the University of Granada (UGR).
The training package, developed by the Euro-Arab Foundation researchers Lucía García del Moral, José Luis Salido Medina and Daniel Pérez García, focused on three specific blocks: presentation of the results of the monitoring they have carried out in two fields, Islamophobia and extreme right-wing hate speeches, and a third block on alternative narratives as a response to hate speeches from a holistic perspective.
The Euro-Arab Foundation, a member of the STAND-UP consortium and responsible for its Communication package, has initiated this training as it understands that the media are a fundamental element in the chain of information and education of citizens because, according to the European Code of Ethics in Journalism, approved in 1993 by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, “the media assume an ethical responsibility towards citizens and society that is necessary to remember at the present time, when information and communication are of great importance for the development of citizens’ personalities as well as for the evolution of society and democratic life“.
The main objective of the STAND-UP project is to improve inter-agency cooperation in the fight against hate crime through the design, development and implementation of a new inter-agency model led by public authorities. Among the different actions developed by this project, funded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, is the design and implementation of training for civil society organisations, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and judges on how to report, investigate, prosecute and prevent hate crime and discrimination.
The model developed by the STAND UP project, which involves institutions from four European countries: Spain, France, Greece and Italy, includes technological tools to improve the reporting, investigation, prosecution and prevention of hate speech and hate crime, as well as the exchange of data between different agencies; an established definition of hate crime; standardised templates for reporting hate crime (for law enforcement and civil society organisations) and an inter-institutional manual for victim support.
On 4 May, the Project Steering Committee Meeting of STAND-UP was hosted at the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) headquarters in Athens, the partners who led this meeting. This is the third meeting held by the consortium, the first was the kick-off meeting in Granada, Spain, in May 2022, and the second steering committee in Trento, Italy, in October 2022.
In this meeting, a synthesis of the growth of STAND-UP from its beginning until now was made, where the progress of each work package of the project was presented, as well as the current point where it is, and the next tasks and activities to be carried out. The representatives of the consortium members had time for discussion after the presentation of each work package, in order to better coordinate and organise the ongoing and following activities.
The topics covered at the meeting were the work packages about Hate Monitoring Mechanism led by VEJudPol (Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Ordinary Court of Venice), Capacity Building by AGENFOR and EPLO, Multi-agency cooperation run by the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) and the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA), STAND-UP Pilot carried out by TNJudPol (Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Ordinary Court of Trento), Dissemination and Communication by FUNDEA, and the Management and coordination of the action and Financial management of the action, covered by TNJudPol. Finally, the meeting ended with a time for a questions and answers and open discussion.
Today the European Union has evolved significantly at social and legislative level concerning the confrontation and elimination of hate crime & hate speech phenomena. However, hate speech & crime against people and groups still exist due to their distinguishing characteristics.
STAND-UP’s overall aim is to establish a multi-agency cooperation model between public authorities & CSOs, so as to tackle hate crime and hate speech phenomena, with the contribution of new technological instruments.
Training’s target group is public authorities (judiciaries, ministries, prosecutors), Law Enforcement Agents (LEAs), like policy officers, and members of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) active in the field of combating hate crime and hate speech.
During the training the participants will familiarise themselves with advanced & tailor-made tools developed within the frame of the project, while also using Virtual Reality technology.
The participants after the trainings will be able to:
Deepen their knowledge upon the hate speech and crimes phenomena and the relevant legislative framework in Greece.
Use automated Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) monitoring mechanisms, while having access to Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) platforms, related reporting tools & educational material.
Exchange good practises of cooperation and experiences, strengthening & cultivating their in between collaboration, communication channels and trust.
Strengthen the support provided to victims of hate crime and hate speech, based on the European Directive on Victims’ Rights.
Structure & Programme of the training
The training is based on blended learning methods with joint modules of synchronous learning, therefore being characterised as interactive, experiential and practical. The participants will acquire among others practical skills and knowledge upon the use of OSINT monitoring platforms for automated confidential reporting and early-warnings systems within the frame of investigations.
Finally, through specifically designed Virtual Reality simulation scenarios in the context of the investigations and role-playing exercises, the participants will become aware of the needs of victims during the investigation procedures.
The training will last 5 hours and there is the possibility to attend it at the day of your choice (either on the 29th or on the 30th of May 2023). It will be held in Athens, Greece at EPLO premises, Polignotou & Dioskouron 2 in Plaka. Each workshop will consist by members from all the above-mentioned institutions (mixed groups), where both practical and theoretical knowledge will be gained.
More information concerning the training’s programme will follow within the next days.
Since there is a limited number of seats for each day, registration is required. Below you will be able to proceed with your registration:
Before and after the training Evaluation Questionnaires will be distributed, which will be mandatory to be filled in.
The training will take place in Greek, with the sole exception of the practical part, where the training upon the use of the FALKOR platform and the Virtual Reality scenarios will take place in English.
For further information concerning the registration and the training, please contact:
Ms. Maria Poulopoulou: email@example.com | +302113110693
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