On 24 September, FRA and the European Union Committee of the Regions (CoR) held their 5th Annual Dialogue. This year's event was entitled ‘Working together on fundamental rights: multi-level approaches to combating hate crime in the EU’.
“Hate speech can be direct and offensive or indirect and insidious. But whichever form it takes, it has a profound impact on our societies. We need to understand that this is a joint responsibility for us all – and the easier your access to a microphone is, the more responsibility you have.”
On 24 August, FRA presented the results from Germany of its EU-wide survey on hate crime and discrimination by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to the German Federal Ministry of Justice during the Ministry’s Open Doors event in the presence of Minister Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger.
Crimes motivated by hatred and prejudice are a daily reality for too many people in the EU. This video highlights some of the issues that will be discussed during this year’s Fundamental Rights Conference.
“Hate crimes speak to people who sympathise with the offender and whose biased attitudes the offender confirms and reinforces. They say ‘don’t think you’re wanted here, because you’re not. And don’t think you’re safe, because we’ve already shown you’re not – and it could happen again. Be scared’.”
The FRA presented on 29 November its two recent reports on hate crime and on minorities as victims of crime. This presentation was given as part of the fundamental rights exhibition at the European Parliament and was followed by a panel debate organised in partnership with the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI).
As lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people continue to face serious challenges in fully enjoying their fundamental rights, the FRA calls for robust data to better understand and address the extent of discrimination and hate crime across the European Union.