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PROMOTING EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO HATE CRIMES AND HATE SPEECH IN LITHUANIA

2019 / 08 / 06

The project aims to promote a more effective response to hate crimes and hate speech in Lithuania by building the capacity of law enforcement officers, addressing underreporting by building trust between affected communities and law enforcement, and strenthening institutional cooperation between national authorities, civil sočiety organizations and affected communities.

 

Period  2019 07 01 – 2021 06 30
Coordinator Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights
Partners Human Rights Monitoring Institute, European Foundation for Human Rights, Lithuanian Police School
Activities
  • Conducting research on hate crime and hate speech in Lithuania;
  • Capacity building trainings of law enforement officers and Lithuanian Police School students;
  • Encouraging cooperation among key stakeholders to promote effective institutional response to hate crimes and hate speech through facilitation of the working group on hate crime sessions and advocacy meetings. The working group in question was established by the Ministry of Interior;
  • Preparing the recommendations for updating the key policy documents guiding the investigation of hate motivated incidents in Lithuania;
  • Organizing meetings among law enforcement officers and members of affected communities;
  • Creating a social advertising campaign that will seek to promote zero-tolerance approach towards hate crime and hate speech in Lithuania and to encourage victims and witnesses to report hate motivated incidents to police.
  The project is co-funded by the European Commission under the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014–2020