Article ‘Hate speech: not all victims are survivors’

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown a wide escalation on hate phenomena.

This is the case of the Australian doctor Lisa-Maria Kellermayr, who committed suicide in July 2022 as a result of virtual harassment by people supporting anti-vaccine theories and far-right ideology.

Read the article “Hate speech: not all victims are survivors” written by Viviana Gullo from Agenfor International Foundation. The article analyses the essential elements that define the hate phenomena in the online environment, in order to have the necessary tools to understand and address it properly.


STAND-UP Newsletter #3

The third STAND-UP Newsletter was released in March 2023. There you can find all the information about the OSINT analysis on regional case studies: xenophobia in Greece, right-wing extremism and islamophobia in Spain and right-wing extremism and antisemitism in Italy. These reports were exposed at regional webinars celebrated in each region. Moreover, you can read about the Victims Support Handbook and an avance on the trainings courses.

About the events, you will find information about the Brussels Event held at the European Parliament, the Kick-off meeting in Trento, and STAND-UP’s participation in the RAN Mental Health Working group meeting: ‘The ‘how’ and ‘why’ of hate crimes and the implications for mental health practitioners’.

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STAND-UP Newsletter #2

The second STAND-UP Newsletter was released in August 2022. There you can read about the Kick-Off Meeting in Granada and more detailed information about the analysis of the context and legal situation of hate crimes and hate crimes carried out by the Three Focus Groups in Greece, Italy and Spain. The Newsletter also announces the Hate Crimes workshop that would be held in Brussels.

You can read it here:[UNIQID]


STAND-UP Newsletter #1

The first STAND-UP Newsletter was released in April 2022 and gives an overview of the essence and objectives of the project. You can also read about the STAND-UP pilot model, a public authority-led, multi-agency model for countering hate crime. It also contains information on the STAND-UP project kick-off meeting and the Three Focus Group that would be held in Italy, Spain and Greece.

You can read it here:

STAND-UP Newsletter #1 April 2022



The STAND-UP project has launch a Hate Crime & Hate Speech Victims Support Handbook. This manual aims to offer support to public authorities (in particular LEAs and judicial bodies) throughout the RIPP cycle, offering guidelines and best practices to strengthen victim support and protection in the process. It also promotes cooperation with CSOs to ensure the prioritisation of victim protection (as per Victims’ Rights Directive) & encourage “sensitive investigation and prosecution”.

The main topics covered on this Handbook are:
1. A summary with terminology and a synthesis of the STAND-UP project plans and the technology tool OSINT used

2. Context on Hate speech crimes Victims’ rights in the EU, defining who are hate crime victims, types of hate/hate speech crimes and its impact, as well as a victim-centred approach to support

3. The role of CSOs: considering the victims needs in order to provide and ensure access to adequate support services, working towards sustainability of support service providers, proposing different ways to report a hate crime and an approach to the LGTBI community hate crimes

4: The role of Prosecutors: addressing causes of underreporting for improve the reporting culture, assessing credibility without bias or prejudices and addressing possible conflicts with victims

5. The legal framework and good practices of Italy, Greece and Spain

6. Conclusions and a toolkit for analysing a case of hate speech

This Handbook has been developed by the authors Alessandra Brigo, Camilla Vedovato, Giulia Meco, Ivana Velkova from The European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA).

Here you can read the complete Handbook:


Defining hate crime report: ‘What is hate crime?’

The “Defining Hate crime report” is a deliverable elaborated within the STAND-UP project on current perspectives and approaches toward the definition of Hate Crime based on the results of a survey and desk research.

The report comprises the international, regional and European framework, the discussion on hate crime rationales, a harmonisation approach towards a possible “common” definition of hate crime and conclusions.

Hate crime is a phenomenon that has received global recognition. It differs from ordinary crimes because of the motivation of the perpetrator, the impact they have not only on the victim but also on persons that share the same characteristics and society as a whole, and the specific legal arrangements established to handle hate crime and its consequences to people and society.

Hate crime violates the dignity of the individual and the idea of equality between members of society, damaging tolerance and plurality due to the ‘normalisation’ of these crimes because of their frequency and their unnoticed distinctive character. What is more, they create serious public orden problems as social exclusion and social unrest.

Though there is a multitude of international, European and national frameworks, it appears to be a lack of common understanding of exactly what hate crime is, how the legislation should work and which groups should be protected. The following report seeks to address this challenge.

The authors are Anastasia Chalkia, Katerina Charokopou and Eva Tzavala from the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR), member of the STAND-UP Consortium.

You can read the full report and name it mentioning the authorship and project!


STAND-UP reports on islamophobia, xenophobia, right-wing and antisemitism

The STAND-UP project held 4 webinars in february: 3 national webinars developed by the partners Euroarab Foundation (FUNDEA) from Spain, Fondazione Agenfor Internacional from Italy, and the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) along with the Greek National Comission for Human Rights from Greece, and a final pan-european webinar with the participation of the STAND-UP partners and all the case studies discussed.

All the webinars explained the use of technological tools as OSINT software and Falkor platform to monitor online hate speech and hate crimes. As well, each regional webinar focused on a particular case to investigate.

The Spanish webinar by FUNDEA presented “Narratives and right-wing hate speech and Islamophobia in Spain” with two case studies: the World Cup in Qatar and narratives of the right-wing on two controversial dates in Spain.

The Italian webinar managed by AGENFOR spoke about “Contrast and tracking of hate phenomena in Italy: Veneto Front Skinheads and anti-semitic climate”, focus on antisemitism and right-wing extremism in Italy.

The Greek seminar lidered by EPLO along with the Greek National Comission for Human Rights held the topic “Confronting Hate Crimes & Hate Speech through OSINT” analyzing xenophobia in Greece.

Here you can find all the reports exposed in the webinars: