About Facing Facts
INAR is one of the partners in the international Facing Facts innovative programme led by CEJI – a Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe aiming to tackle the issue of hate crime and hate speech in Europe. Since its inception in 2011, this initiative has been praised for its role in training on and advocating for hate crime monitoring systems that expose overlooked hate-motivated acts.
Facing Facts began as a partnership between four NGOs, with complementary experience in education, advocacy and hate crime monitoring to develop the first ‘train the trainer’ programme on monitoring hate crimes for Civil Society Organisations. Moving forward, Facing Facts has evolved into a broad European network of civil society organisations and law enforcement agencies that generates holistic, multi-stakeholder approaches to hate crime monitoring, response and prevention.
Facing Facts Training and Resources
Due to the increasing demand for capacity building programmes in this field by the EU Member States, the Facing Facts training offer is now available online and is used by law enforcement and civil society representatives. Multiple courses in multiple languages address specific aspects of identifying, monitoring and countering hate crime and hate speech.
Building cooperation amongst the stakeholders at a national level is an important part of the Facing all the Facts project. Through a participatory action-research methodology, hate crime recording stakeholders across the national system have been brought together to:
- co-describe the current situation (what data do we have right now? where is hate crime happening? to whom?)
- co-diagnose gaps and issues (where are the gaps? who is least protected? what needs to be done?), and;
- co-prioritise actions for improvement (what are the most important things that need to be done now and in the future?).
The results of the work done thus far in 6 countries and a European Report with its various component resources soon to be available under the ‘Research’ section on the Facing Facts website.
The specific bias indicators courses on Facing Facts Online courses have been developed and implemented within the framework of the Facing all the Facts project, which ran for 3 years from 2016-2019 (JUST/2015/RRAC/AG/TRAI/8997) while the online hate speech course, now also available in Italian, was adapted to French and German within the sCAN project. The multiplicity of outputs will be sustained through the years to come.
INAR and Facing Facts
INAR has been a partner in the “Facing All The Facts” project since 2016 and before that the “Facing Facts Forward” and “Facing Facts” projects since 2014.
Led by CEJI – a Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe, the “Facing Facts” group of projects set standards and develop the capacity of all actors in society – Civil Society Organisations, Authorities, Media and Intergovernmental Organisations, to monitor and respond to hate crimes and hate speech.
- In Facing All the Facts, INAR participated to help develop online training modules for Police and Prosecution services to recognise the “bias elements” in cases of Islamophobic and Anti-migrant hate crimes and to treat affected communities appropriately. The same course also has modules on antisemitism, anti-Roma, anti-disability, Afrophobic and anti-LGBTQI hate crimes.
- In another strand of the same project, “Connecting on Hate Crime – recording and Data Collection” INAR has also been working with the Irish Department of Justice, An Garda Siochana, Civil Society Organisations and academics to identify gaps in the criminal justice system’s ability to record and respond to hate crimes. The final report of this will be published at the end of 2019.
Facing Facts also offer a wider range of online courses, many of which are free, some for a nominal fee, on hate crime monitoring, and on responding to online hate speech. They are all highly recommended.