There is no place for hate crime or hate speech in Europe, if the EU wants to ensure an open and tolerant society. This was the view of FRA’s Director, Michael O’Flaherty, at the launch of the EU’s High Level Group on combating racism and xenophobia in Brussels on 14 June.
The importance of fostering trust in the police as a vital element of increasing reporting of hate crime was emphasised at the opening of the last session of FRA’s Working Party on hate crime, which ends today in its current form prior to becoming a sub-group of the European Commission’s newly forming High Level Group on Racism, Xenophobia and other forms of intolerance.
We are seeing hate crime against religious minorities and migrants around the EU on a daily basis. In response, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is today publishing a compendium of good practices from across the EU on how to combat hate crime. This is the culmination of work by the Working Party on combating hate crime, to be presented today at a meeting of the Working Party in cooperation with the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU.
On March 14, FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty addressed the International Parliamentary Conference on Combating Antisemitism at the Bundestag in Berlin underlining the effect that such crimes have on individuals and communities.
FRA took part in a good practice-sharing seminar, which was part of the “Good Practice Plus” project funded by the European Commission, on 8 and 9 February in Helsinki.
On International Holocaust Remembrance day, FRA honours the memory of the victims and renews its calls for the EU and its Member States to increase their efforts to combat antisemitism, a phenomenon that shows no sign of waning.
FRA in cooperation with the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, hosted the third meeting of the Working Party on Improving Reporting and Recording of Hate Crime in the EU on 23-24 November in Luxembourg.
On 23-24 November, FRA held its third meeting of the Working Party on combating hate crime together with the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU. The event took place in the shadow of the attacks in Paris earlier this month and their aftermath, making the objectives of the Working Party particularly relevant.
On 30 March, FRA, together with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, will host the second meeting of the Working Party on combating hate crime, with the participation of representatives from 24 EU Member States. Members of the European Commission, the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, and the Council of Europe’s Commission against Racism and Intolerance will also take part.