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’.

You can read it here:[UNIQID]


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


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!


Presentation of the Victim Support Handbook at ALDA’s General Assembly in Brussels

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 add value to the project and its outcomes, setting the stage for a more detailed discussion on discrimination perpetrated against different groups, such as minorities or women. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute with questions, comments or good practices in countering hate speech and hate crimes.

The first part of the event will focus on Hate crime/hate speech and discrimination in Europe. The second part will consist of a round table on hate crime and hate speech with the aim of advancing the debate on how different minority groups are affected by hate crime. Four different perspectives will be addressed:

1) Gender and Women;
2) the LGBTIQ+ community;
3) Roma Sinti and Travellers and
4) Refugee and Migration.

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 introduced 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.

Agenda of ALDA’s Stand-Up dissemination meeting
Activities News

The Euro-Arab Foundation holds STAND-UP training courses at communication and journalism universities

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“.

STAND-UP session at the University of Granada (UGR)

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.


Project Steering Committee meeting of STAND-UP

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.

Christos Kouroutzas from Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR), Vasso Artinopoulou from the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) and Member of SPT, United Nations. and Giovanni Gasparini, Deputy Public Prosecutor of Venice – Italy
Christos Kouroutzas, professor from Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR), Vasso Artinopoulou, director of the Institute on Crime and Criminal Justice at the European Public Law Organization (EPLO), and Giovanni Gasparini, Deputy Prosecutor of Venice, Italy.

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.

Stand-Up Consortium at the Project Steering Committee meeting at EPLO premises

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.


STAND-UP Greek training: New technologies in the fight against crimes and hate speech

A few words on the education model

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:

Register here.

Important note

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: | +302113110693


The STAND-UP project is holding 4 online seminars in February

In the framework of the “Stand-Up: fighting against hate crimes in the EU” project, 4 webinars will be presented: 3 national webinars held in Greek, Italian and Spanish, 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. In addition, a fourth webinar will also be held at an pan-european level. The topic of these seminars are about the use of technological tools to monitor hate speech, identifying hateful feelings, areas of intervention, groups at risk and hate narratives on social networks.

The main objective of these seminars is to establish a comprehensive and holistic framework in the fight against hate crimes and hate speech based on the RIPP model (complaint-investigation-prosecution-prevention) from a victim-centered approach. Within the seminars, technological tools as OSINT (Open-Source Intelligence) and FALKOR platform will be presented and the results of monitoring hate speech in every research field.

As for the national online events, the Spanish webinar by FUNDEA, “Narratives and right-wing hate speech and Islamophobia in Spain”, will be held on 20 february, with a presentation of the STAND-UP project by Lucía García del Moral. As in the Italian seminar, it will also participate Yuval Sanders and Lior Mordechain presenting the tools for hate speech monitoring online OSINT and FALKOR. Finally, Lucía García del Moral and Jose Luis Salido will explain two case studies from Spain: “Islamophobia in social networks: the World Cup in Qatar” and “Narratives of the extreme right: monitoring 20-N and 25-N dates”. You can register through this form.

The Italian webinar managed by AGENFOR will talk about “Contrast and tracking of hate phenomena in Italy: Veneto Front Skinheads and anti-semitic climate” and it will be on 14 february. The speakers, as the pan-european webinar, will be Viviana Gullo; Yuval Sanders and Lior Mordechain; Fabio Frettoli and Sergio Bianchi. You can register through this form.

About the Greek seminar, EPLO together with the Greek National Comission for Human Rights will held on 15 february the webinar “Confronting Hate Crimes & Hate Speech through OSINT” with the welcoming of Professor Vasilki Artinopoulou, scientific coordinator of the project. The round of discussions will be presented by Maria Poulopoulou, establishing the project’s objectives and methodology. Kouroutzas Christos will talk about “The role of new technologies in tackling hate crime and hate speech”. Lior Mordechai will develop a technical presentation about the use of OSINT intelligence. Finally, the Greek OSINT report focus on the case study “xenophobia towards refugees and inmigrants in Greece” will be presented by Katerina Charokopou and Thanasis Dimopoulos.

The pan-european webinar is about “Tackling and monitoring hate phenomena in Europe: right-wing extremism, islamophobia and antisemitism” and it will be held on 22 february. The seminar will be initiated by Viviana Gullo, presenting STAND-UP and the preventive and investigative model to tackle the hate phenomena; Yuval Sanders and Lior Mordechai will address the technologies OSINT and Falkor supporting the model. As more, regional OSINT reports will be presented by Fabio Frettoli, Katerina Charokopou, Thanassis Dimopoulos, Lucía García del Moral and Viviana Gullo. Finally, Sergio Bianchi will raise a debate and future opportunities. You can register through this form.

STAND-UP has as its main objective to improve cooperation between different organizations in the fight against hate crimes through the design, development and implementation of a new inter-institutional model.

This project is financed by the General Directorate of Justice and Consumers of the European Commission and the consortium is formed by the Euro-Arab Foundation of Higher Studies (Spain), Procura della Repubblica di Trento (Italy), The prosecution office of Venice (Italy), Fondazione Agenfor International (Italy), European Public Law Organization (EPLO), Greek National Commision for Human Rights (GNCHR), Association Des Agences de la Démocratie Locale (ALDA) in France.