STAND-UP Newsletter #5

STAND-UP Newsletter No. 5 was released in January 2024. It was the last newsletter of the project and it gathered information about all partners’ activities from September 2023 and January 2024, including the final event in Brussels that marked the end of the two-year project.

You can read it on the following link: STAND-UP Newsletter #5


Spanish Experts Network against Hate Crime and Underreporting

The Euro-Arab Foundation has become a member of the REDOI Network (Spanish Network against Hate Crimes and under-reporting), a national network of experts involved in the fight against hate phenomena, coordinated by ‘Está en tu mano’, a funded project by the European Commission’s  Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the Spanish Directorate General for Humanitarian Attention and Social Inclusion of Immigration.

This network aims to prevent hate crimes and hate speech through a multi-agency cooperation approach, creating synergies, data sharing, and possible research collaborations at a national and European level.

Researcher Lucía García del Moral Martín is to represent the Foundation in the Third Sector Correspondent in Granada [Corresponsalía del Tercer Sector en Granada].

Access to REDOI’s website


STAND-UP’s EU-level Policy Recommendations on Supporting Multi-Agency Cooperation in Countering Hate Crime

As a part of the STAND-UP Project, an EU Policy Paper on EU-level recommendations on supporting multi-agency cooperation in countering hate crime, considering that integration of technological tools has emerged as a pivotal aspect of the collective response, was delivered.

The policy recommendations proposed under the project adopt a multi-stakeholder approach, emphasizing the importance of collaboration among public and private parties, including law enforcement agencies, criminal justice, other national institutions, such as National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), policymakers, and the broader community.

In the digital age, technology plays a dual role in the perpetuation and prevention of hate crime

This paper incorporates the extensive work accomplished over the past two years through the STAND-UP Project; it overviews how to enhance multi-agency cooperation at the national and EU level through the participation of a wide variety of stakeholders, moving beyond the EU High-Level Group proposed “structured” cooperation between LEAs and CSOs

In this way, a future strategic document by the European Union is anticipated to outline a comprehensive approach specifically targeting the issue of hate crime and hate phenomena, both in the physical world and online. This prospective document, in response to the evolving and increasing challenges of hate-based incidents, is expected to detail forward-looking steps which will aim to ensure robust monitoring, establish fair and efficient legal procedures, and develop a sustainable system capable of responding to emerging trends in hate crime and online hate speech and of tackling discrimination and human rights violations.

Download the paper here


EU-level policy recommendations on supporting multi-agency cooperation in countering hate crime, including through the use of technologies

EU Policy Paper Deliverable D6.3.

EU-level policy recommendations on supporting multi-agency cooperation in countering hate crime, including through the use of technologies.

Authors: Anastasia Chalkia, Eva Tzavala and Katerina Charokopou, (GNCHR)

Contributors: Viviana Gullo (Agenfor)

Download it here


European STAND-UP project enlarged tools to combat hate crime

After a two-year multi-agency work bringing discrimination, intolerance, and hatred into focus, the European project STAND-UP has come to an end. The closure event, the seminar Stand Together Against Hate: A Multi-Agency Initiative was held in Brussels, on the 11th of January, with an introductive part of the project conducted by Giovanni Gasparani, Prosecutor office of Venice, and the keynote speech of Magdalena Adamowicz, member of the European Parliament for the European People’s Party whose husband, the Polish politician Paweł Adamowicz, was assassinated by an extremist in which is considered a hate crime.

The morning session included the roundtable Navigating the Intersection of Hate Speech and Crimes with Menno Ettema, Programme Manager and Co-Secretary to expert Committee on Combating Hate Speech, to expert Committee on Combating Hate Speech; Nataša Vučković (via online), member of the Center for Democracy Foundation (CDF); Sergio Bianchi (online), expert of the Group on Combating Anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination in the EU; and finally Simonetta Moro (online) from the Municipality of Bologna.

One of the main outputs of STAND-UP project, the EU Policy Paper: ‘EU-Level Policy Recommendations on Supporting Multi-Agency Cooperation in Countering Hate Crime, Including Through the Use of Technologies‘ elaborated by GNCHR, was presented during the morning session by GNCHR representatives Eva Tzavala, Coordinator of the Scientific Unit, and Dr. Anastasia Chalkia, Human Rights Officer.

The six European project partners shared the afternoon session’s panels on interagency cooperation to tackle hate crimes and hate speech, as well as local pilot success stories and results developed in Veneto, Athens, Andalusia, and Trentino-Alto Adige. The first included the participation of Akis Karatrandos, Research Fellow at ELIAMEP and Senior Advisor at KEMEA; Katerina Charokopou, Legal Officer at GNCHR; Viviana Gullo, Project Manager of Agenfor; FUNDEA’s Research Fellow, Lucía García del Moral, and of Prof. Artinopoulou (EPLO) as a moderator. On its side, the second panel entailed the interventions of Clara Raffaele Addamo, lawyer, Prosecutor office of Trento; Viviana Gullo, Agenfor’s Project Manager; Katerina Charokopou, Legal Officer of GNCHR; Giovanni Gasparini, Prosecutor Office of Venice; Prof. Artinopoulou, Director of the Institute on Crime & Criminal Justice (EPLO); Maryna Manchenko, from CESIE; and Viviana Gullo, Agenfor’s Project Manager, as a moderator.

Implementing the STAND-UP multi-agency model to stop hate crimes

During its implementation period, between January 2022 and January 2024, the STAND-UP project held several activities, among them an exclusive webinar addressing hate crime in the digital era or regional courses in Italy and Greece to improve competence and technological skills to combat hate phenomena, using technologies such as Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) to monitor hate speech, along with Virtual Reality simulations and the STAND-UP model based on a victim-centered approach. The courses were focused on multi-agency cooperation, hate phenomena, and national and European legislation, and were addressed to members of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), Public Authorities (judiciaries, ministries, prosecutors), or associations or communities affected by hate crime or hate speech.

An anonymous form to denounce hate crimes was created and a six-month pilot was run with the implementation of OSINT-monitoring centers that generate alerts and reports when online traffic concerning hateful sentiment toward a given at-risk group surpasses average levels, based on the semantic bank for hateful sentiment and identified at-risk groups. The pilot compared levels of hateful content online with incidents of hate crime to understand the extent to which the two are reflective of each other and, thus, explore how rising tensions or growing hateful sentiment towards a given group can be the trigger for preventive action. This pilot also implemented the Blueprint for Cooperation, using a platform to share information and a model of granular access and trialing the model memoria of understanding, as well as the Victim Support Handbook for effective but sensitive investigations and prosecutions.

A Victim Support Handbook

To boost the victim-centered approach, something crucial to make victims feel safe, to openly speak of their experience and to seek help and advice, the STAND-UP project made public its Victim Support Handbook (download here) that exposes the terminology and a synthesis of the STAND-UP project and the technology tool OSIN used. It provides context on hate-crime victims’ rights within the EU, defining who are hate crime victims, types of hate speeches and crimes and their impact, as well as a victim-centered approach to support; it establishes the role of CSOs and prosecutors, the legal framework and good practices in Italy, Greece, and Spain, and it concludes with a toolkit for analyzing a particular case of hate speech.

The Handbook is a significant tool that aims at the sustainability of support service providers like the CSOs (Civil Society Organizations), the most relevant actors in the victim support systems, and that puts on the table the importance of partnerships with the public sector, able to establish national funds.

Activities News

«Stand Together Against Hate: A Multi-Agency Initiative»

On January 2024, the EU STAND UP project final meeting will be held in Brussels. Registration is open.

On Thursday 11 January 2024, the seminar “Stand Together Against Hate: A Multi-Agency Initiative” will take place in Brussels, at the Residence Palace, as part of the European project STAND-UP, an initiative to combat hate crime in the European Union.

This event, organised by STAND-UP project, will bring together organisations and experts in the field, with the aim of preventing and combating hate crime through the cooperation of law enforcement agencies and organisations working on these issues.

The seminar will present the results of various training programmes in different countries included in the project, creating an environment for in-depth discussions and exchanges. Experts such as Menno Ettema, Magdalena Adamowicz, Nataša Vučković, Akis Karatrandos will speak on the topic of hate speech crime. 

The Victim Support Handbook, developed within the framework of STAND UP activities in collaboration with public authorities and NGOs and CSOs, will also be presented in order to empower people affected by hate crimes.

The afternoon session is dedicated to a panel debate led by EPLO, GNCHR, TNDJUPOL, AGENFOR and FUNDEA.

In addition, the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) will present a policy paper outlining effective strategies and policies to combat hate crimes in the European Union.

Link to register for the seminar:


EU-level Policy Recommendations on Supporting Multi-Agency Cooperation in Countering Hate Crime

On Tuesday, December 12, 2023, the GNCHR actively participated in an international online seminar titled ‘Addressing Hate Crimes in the Digital Age’. During this event, the GNCHR, as a key partner in the STAND UP program, presented and deliberated upon their European policy proposals. The GNCHR’s President, Professor Maria Gavouneli, presented the most effective national practices for hate crime, along with the related initiatives spearheaded by the GNCHR. Following this, GNCHR’s Scientific Department Coordinator, Eva Tzavala, and Human Rights Officer, Dr. Anastasia Chalkia, introduced the EU-Level Policy Paper.

This document encapsulates the STAND UP program’s strategic recommendations to the European Union for addressing hate crimes. It emphasizes the importance of wide-ranging cooperation among all involved stakeholders and the innovative use of technology. Authored by GNCHR scientific collaborators E. Tzavala, A. Chalkia, and K. Charokopou, the policy paper is readily available in English.

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News Resources

Inauguration of the 25th FIMAM Forum in Barcelona

On more year, the Euro-Arab Foundation supported the FIMAM project and participated in its XXV Forum, which took place on the 15th, 16th and 17th November 2023 at the headquarters of the European Institute of the Mediterranean – IEMed (Barcelona). FUNDEA’s researcher Lucía García del Moral presented the project STAND-UP.

As in previous editions, the 25th FIMAM meeting brought together national and international researchers to discuss contemporary issues related to studies on the Arab and Muslim world. The Forum, created in 1995, was set up as an informal and long-lasting space aimed at fostering contact between researchers in this field and the exchange of knowledge and information.

FIMAM was inaugurated by Senén Florensa, Executive President of IEMed; Lucía García del Moral Martín, member of the FIMAM Board; Mª Inmaculada Ramos Tapia, Executive Secretary of the Euro-Arab Foundation, and Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe’s Training and Economics Coordinator. The inaugural session hosted an institutional round table with the presence of FIMAM’s main collaborating institutions: IEMed, Casa Árabe, the Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

The inaugural conference ‘Euro-Mediterranean relations in the context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict’, by Anna Khakee, Professor of International Relations at the University of Malta took place in the framework of International Mediterranean Day.

Activities News

Hate Speech, Digital Media And Detection Processes

The Euro-Arab Foundation participated in the International Congress Expressions of Hate, Digital Media and Detection Processes (CIOMD) which was held from 19 to 20 October at the Faculty of Information Sciences of the Complutense University of Madrid, organised by the projects Catografiocom and HateMedia. The participation of the Euro-Arab Foundation was focused on the papers: Monitoring right-wing extremist Narratives: Case Studies 20 and 25 November, Alternative Voices to Misogynist Frames: Countering Manosphere Narratives, and New Discursive Frames as Prevention of Extremism, all within the European STAND-UP framework, by FUNDEA’s researchers, Javier Ruipérez Canales, Lucía García del Moral, José Luis Salido Medina and Daniel Pérez Garcia.

The Catografiocom and HateMedia projects, funded by the State Research Agency – Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain, are led by more than 30 researchers from several universities in Spain from different areas of knowledge, who have been working, interdisciplinarily, in the study of the central theme of this conference, hate crimes.

Cartografiocom Project- Cartography of hate speech in Spain through communication: sports, bullfighting and politics’ focuses its research on detecting and analyzing through communication, hate speech in Spain: How and where it manifests itself, what patterns of dissemination it follows, what language and rhetorical resources it uses, what tradition or novelty it presents in our country, what environments favor it, and other aspects already mentioned.

Hate Media Project – Taxonomy, presence, and intensity of hate speech in digital environments linked to the Spanish professional media’, focuses its objectives on analyzing how hate speech is disseminated in digital environments associated with the professional media; and encouraging the detection and monitoring of this type of speech in Spain.