FRA provided input from its Compendium of good practices for tackling Hate Crime to a roundtable event on 1 July in Budapest on combating LGBTI hate cime. The event was organised by the UNI-FORM project that gathers participants from 10 EU Member States (Portugal, Spain, UK, Ireland, Malta, Belgium, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania).
FRA provided training on how to combat hate crime to 47 law enforcement officers in the framework of a European Police College training course from 4 to 5 July in Zagreb. The overall aim was to provide law enforcement officials with up-to-date information in identifying hate crime, including hate speech, and in taking appropriate actions to investigate these crimes.
FRA addressed about 100 representatives of the Romanian police forces from 5 to 6 July during a capacity building workshop for Romanian police officers on how to implement the specific legislation on hate crime, Holocaust denial, antisemitism and other manifestations of xenophobia, discrimination or racism.
On 10 June in Rome, FRA took part in a panel debate during a conference on countering online extremism and terrorist recruitment, organised by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
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.
On 26 May, FRA presented its work on hate crime and victimisation at the International Network for Hate Studies and the Hate and Hostility Research Group conference at the University of Limerick.
From 25 to 26 May, Victim Support Europe, together with the Victim Support Netherlands hosted a conference in Utrecht on supporting victims of crimes and natural disasters.
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.
The FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty met on 15 April with the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Michael Georg Link, and the Head of ODIHR’s Human Rights Department.