Two year Facing Facts! initiative gives major boost to combatting Hate Crime in Europe
Brussels 22 March Facing Facts!, an EU-funded project led by an international consortium of partners, gives a major boost to civil society organisations combatting hate crime in Europe through new research, practical guidelines and an unique training programme.
The work, led by CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe
, comes in response to rising hate crimes in the EU
and a lack of systematic analysis and approach to confronting hate crimes
. Most Member States have not transposed EU decisions on racism and xenophobia into national law. [i]
Hate crimes are criminal acts committed with a bias motive. They can be acts of intimidation, threats, property damage, assault, murder or any other criminal offence. The Facing Facts!
initiative thus far comprises:
Based on a survey conducted with civil society organisations from all EU Member States, this Mapping Report
shows that while 78% of organisations monitoring hate crime collect data, half of them (51%) have a uniform definition as to what they collect. 47% did not have a method to ensure their data is correct.
Guidelines for Monitoring Hate Crimes & Hate Motivated Incidents
Drawn upon the rich experience of organisations which have been active for many years in combating hate crime the Facing Facts! Guidelines
provide Civil Society Organisations with methodological advice on how to collect data on hate incidents, how to verify and classify the collected data, and how to report hate crime and hate-motivated incidents. Available online now in English and soon in French, Spanish, Romanian, Hungarian, and German.
New Manual and Training Programme
The Facing Facts!
manual, tested in a pilot ‘train the trainer’ seminar in London
in November 2012, provides an interactive pedagogical process with practical training resources. It is designed to increase the capacity of NGOs to monitor hate crimes following the set of Guidelines for minimum quality standards that can produce internationally comparable data.
Notes for Editors
is a two year project financed by the European Commission aiming to improve monitoring and recording of hate crimes and incidents throughout Europe. CEJI, A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe
, is the lead coordinator of the process. Other partners are the CST – Community Security Trust
(UK), the CIDI
and the COC – Federation of Dutch Associations for the integration of Homosexuality
(Netherlands). ILGA – Europe
(International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) is an associate partner to the project.
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Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA, OJ 2008 L 328, p. 55.
By November 2010, the Council of the European Union’s Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia should have been transposed in Member States’ national laws. According to information collected by the Fundamental Rights Agency, at the beginning of September 2010 five EU Member States had taken measures to transpose the framework decision.