Zespół ds. przeciwdziałania przestępstwom z nienawiści
The Working Group provides a forum for minority groups and NGOs to liaise with public authorities on various hate crime issues and to discuss ways of combating hate crime.
The Working Group holds plenary meetings and meetings in smaller groups.
The participants of the Working Group are:
Most of the civil society organisations that asked to participate had worked with the Ministry (the Human Rights Protection Team) during the project Immigrants against hate crimes – how to effectively assert your rights.
The Working Group’s first meeting covered:
As a result of this, each organisation in the Working Party now has a designated contact person. These people are often leading figures in particular communities or minority groups.
This means that each side has a direct point of communication with the other, providing a channel for the easy exchange of information between communities and public institutions. This helps the groups to convey any needs they have and problems they face, and to discuss possible ways of addressing them.
Participants are also asked about the subjects they want to discuss and their responses are taken into account when designing meeting agendas.
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There were a number of steps that occurred in developing the practice:
Such a project requires the building of a network with civil society organisations working with and advocating for the needs of the minority groups in question.
The Ministry of the Interior and Administration (Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnętrznych I Administracji) is responsible for assessing the impact of the practice. Participants in the Working Group are consulted about how this should be conducted. As the initiative is still relatively new, it is too early to judge its effectiveness.
One of the aims of the initiative is to make reporting hate crimes easier. This can be achieved by creating tools and practices to facilitate reporting to the police, building partnerships between the police and civil society organisations, and by addressing other issues that discourage people from reporting hate crimes.
The project is transferable as a whole.
However, minority groups in other Member States can have different characteristics and needs. Close cooperation with those communities is required to understand their needs and to amend the project accordingly.
Start date: October 2015.
End date: Ongoing (as of April 2016).
Scope of the practice: National.
Target group: Hate crime victims.
Beneficiaries: Groups subjected to hate crime.
Key objectives: To facilitate communication between the Ministry of the Interior and Administration and minority groups; to design tailored actions aimed at dealing more effectively with problems related to hate crime; to discuss current issues relating to minority communities with the police and the border guard authority.
The practice is not based on a specific hate crime legal framework. It is based on the statutory tasks of the Ministry of the Interior (which became the Ministry of the Interior and Administration in November 2015) - Regulamin organizacyjny Ministerstwa Spraw Wewnętrznych.