Press Release

Combating hate crime in the EU: Giving hate crime victims a face and a voice

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) holds its annual high level Fundamental Rights Conference in Vilnius on 12-13 November. This year’s conference focuses on ‘Combating hate crime in the EU’ and is being hosted in cooperation with the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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>> Giving victims a voice - quotes from FRA survey respondents >>

We are all different and we are all equal. So what gives one person the right to intimidate or attack another? Nothing.” says FRA Director Morten Kjaerum. “We must act now to root out all forms of hate crime. We must ensure that victims are heard, perpetrators are punished and hate crime is effectively addressed.

The Fundamental Rights Conference, which will be streamed live, explores effective strategies to combat crimes motivated by hatred and prejudice at the national as well as EU level. Discussions will cover issues such as: existing evidence on the extent of hate crime; underreporting; gaps in monitoring and recording; legal instruments; victim support services; effective practices of investigation and prosecution; discrimination; human rights education and remembrance; capacity building for law enforcement and criminal justice systems; and the challenges of cyberhate.

The conference draws on data collected by FRA and others. This includes:


The event brings together over 350 policy makers and practitioners from the EU and its Member States, among them representatives from EU institutions and bodies, international organisations, national governments and parliaments, law enforcement, civil society and many more.


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