facts against hate
The project is coordinated by the Finnish Ministry of Justice; project partners are the Ministry of the Interior, the Police University College, Anti-Racist Forum (Finland), the Centre for Peace Studies (Croatia) and INAR (Ireland).
Goals and results
The objective of the project is to improve the effectiveness of work against hate crime and hate speech. The project aims to develop data collection, hate crime reporting and local cooperation practices, among other things. The project is coordinated by the Finnish Ministry of Justice, and the project partners are the Ministry of the Interior, the Police University College, Anti-Racist Forum , the Centre for Peace Studies (Croatia) and INAR (Ireland).
The project consists of four (4) work packages.
1) Development of hate crime reporting: The objective of the work package is to test a tool developed by the OSCE for reporting hate crimes in Finland, Croatia and Ireland. Another objective is to develop guidance of victims of hate crime to support services and to the police.
2) Development of local cooperation practices: The objective of the work package is to build capacity of different actors to prevent and tackle hate crime and hate speech at local level. The focus is on the local police work, especially on the development and testing of practices that aim to build trust in the community, not only between different population groups but also between the police and minority population groups. The activities support the implementation of the national strategy for preventive police work at local level. The aim is also to increase awareness of hate crimes and the existing reporting channels among local politicians, sexual and gender minorities, and persons with disabilities.
3) Development of hate crime monitoring: The objective of this work package is to test a comprehensive model for monitoring hate crimes in the prosecution service and courts of law. Indicators for monitoring hate crime will also be developed. Another objective is to test new tools for targeted monitoring of online hate speech.
4) Transnational and EU-level cooperation: The objective of the work package is to exchange experiences between authorities at EU level and to share good examples of measures against hate speech and hate crime.
The objective of the project Facts against Hate is to improve the effectiveness of work against hate crime and hate speech. The project aims to develop data collection related to hate crime and hate speech, improve local cooperation practices, and produce material to support work against hate crime and hate speech. The project is funded by the European Commission’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) pro-gramme.
Hate speech and hate crime are a societal problem despite the fact that a number of measures have been taken to identify, address and prevent them. In recent years, hate speech has taken new forms, such as the so-called targeting of professionals in different fields.
Many international human rights bodies have paid attention to the increase in racism and discrimi-nation in Finland and urged Finland to step up its efforts.
According to a report published by the Discrimination Monitoring Group in 2016, hate speech and other harassment occur most often in streets, parking places, parks, and other public places. The second most common place is the internet, especially public discussion forums and social media sites.
Several measures to strengthen the fight against hate crime and hate speech are currently under way. A number of measures related to hate crime and hate speech have been outlined in Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Government Programme, such as horizontal measures to address systematic harassment, threats and targeting, the promotion of monitoring of the situation in relation to discrimination and hate crime, and the drafting of an action plan against racism and discrimination.
outputs: Podcasts and Webinars
Facts against hate podcasts
Among the outputs Under Facts against Hate , INAR has produced 2 podcasts.
The INAR Podcast: In this Podcast, INAR Policy Lead Patricia Munatsi interviews Director Shane OCurry, and asks him about the importance of data collection to effective human rights work, and about the journey INAR and partners ARF and CPS made with the OSCE/ODIHR on developing better tools for collecting good data and holding authorities to account.
In the second part of the INAR Podcast series INAR Director Shane OCurry and Policy Lead Patricia Munatsi discuss the importance of data to human rights work, the vision of an OSCE/ ODIHR supported standard Hate Incident Reporting Platform (HIRP) and its potential to be an international standard tool for advocating in a variety of contexts.
‘How to Tackle Hate Crime and Protect Our People? 2 Part Webinar with Facts Against Hate
In partnership with INAR, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu hosted a webinar on Friday, March 26th 2021, highlighting the issue of hate crime and the forthcoming hate crime legislation.
The two-part virtual event entitled “How to Tackle Hate Crime and Protect Our People?” came as a part of Anti-Racism Month 2021.
The morning session focused on the new legislation and what it may mean for victims of hate crime in the future in Ireland.
The afternoon session focused on the impact of hate crime on victims and support services available.
The webinar also discussed supports available to victims and heard the personal stories and experiences of those affected by hate crime in Ireland.
Watch the morning and the afternoon session of the “How to Tackle Hate Crime and Protect Our People?” webinar below or click here to watch it on YouTube.
Facts Against Hate
This Webinar Series and the resources on this page have been produced as part of the project FACTS AGAINST HATE, supported by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union (2014-2020). The contents of this page are the sole responsibility of INAR and the Facts Against Hate Project and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.
HATE CRIME IN IRELAND:
- Life Free From Fear Report indicates the need for a legislative change in the area of hate crime in Ireland informed by primary research with non-governmental organisations engaged in supporting communities which are targets of hate crime.
- The Lifecycle of a Hate Crime: Country Report for Ireland show that Ireland is “seriously deficient” when it comes to addressing hate crime in the state. According to the report, in Ireland, from the point at which a victim reports a crime to An Garda Síochána to the point at which a judge sentences an offender, the hate element of the crime is filtered out of the criminal justice process.
- Connecting on Hate Crime Data in Ireland. This national report aims to describe the context and current picture of hate crime reporting, recording and data collection in Ireland and to present practical, achievable recommendations for improvement. It is hoped that national stakeholders can build on its findings to progress in this critically important piece of broader efforts to understand and effectively address the painful and stubborn problem of hate crime in Ireland.
- OSCE/ODHIR Hate Crime Reporting Data 2019 for Ireland.
- INAR’s Alternative Report on Racial Discrimination in Ireland and CERD Committee findings on Ireland (known as CERD Concluding Observations) include the introduction of hate crime legislation among their key recommendations.
- Read iReport.ie Reports of Racism in Ireland.
INAR’s 2020 Hate Crime data reports
A Under Facts against Hate , INAR has produced its irish civil society hate crime data report for 2020. click below to see our 2020 data page
INAR’s 2020 ireport.ie Hate Crime data reports
Facts Against Hate
The resources on this page have been produced as part of the project FACTS AGAINST HATE, supported by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union (2014-2020). The contents of these resources are the sole responsibility of INAR and the Facts Against Hate Project and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.