Report and monitor hate crime - submissions to European and international institutions

Reporting and monitoring are crucial to raise awareness within national and European institutions, among law enforcement officers and the public. Hence, developing a reporting and monitoring strategy is a prerequisite for an efficient advocacy to call on policy makers to adopt laws and implement policies against violence.

In the past years, some institutions have stressed the importance of reporting activities. According to the opinion provided by the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency’s report on Homophobia and Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the EU Member States (March 2009), “Member States should consider developing simple and inclusive operational definitions of hate crime […]. In addition, effective tools should be developed to facilitate reporting, such as self-report forms and third party reporting facilities.”

Similarly, the Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) adopted a Decision on Combating Hate Crime (December 2009), calling on the participating States to “collect, maintain and make public, reliable data and statistics in sufficient detail on hate crimes and violent manifestations of intolerance” and to “take appropriate measures to encourage victims to report hate crimes, recognizing that under-reporting of hate crimes prevents States from devising efficient policies”.

However, the experience of ILGA-Europe’s members proves that initiatives in that field usually come from LGBTI NGOs – and from other civil society stakeholders. ILGA-Europe has therefore developed a number of tools to facilitate reporting by LGBT organisations in Europe. Among them, our “Handbook on Monitoring and Reporting Homophobic and Transphobic Incidents”, published in 2008. Some of our members participate to projects in the frame of our Human Rights Violation Documentation Fund.

We also developed other practices, such as a monitoring strategy about EU accession countries, with contributions sent to the EU institutions for their Progress Reports. In addition, ILGA-Europe and some members will participate in 2010-2011 to a project funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the Danish Institute for Human Rights, aiming at developing a harmonised “tracing and tackling hate crimes” toolkit in contact with police forces.

In the frame of our strategy against homophobic and transphobic violence, we aim at further reinforcing our efforts and our coordination with our members. Submissions by NGOs are important, and if you are planning to submit contributions to one of the international organisations mentioned in this note, we would like to kindly ask you to send us a copy of it. Below we have listed periodical opportunities for submissions to the main European and international institutions.

Joint submissions by national and European NGOs have a stronger impact, and ILGA-Europe will be more than happy to consider proposals for joint submissions with member organisations.

Depending on your country and the submissions you are planning, you may consider contacting the following ILGA-Europe staffs.

ILGA-Europe’s focal point on homophobic and transphobic violence issues

Katrin Hugendubel, Advocacy Director, or Michael Cerulus, Senior Policy & Programmes Officer

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Country

ILGA-Europe’s staff responsible for the country

West Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia) and Turkey

Lilit Poghosyan - Senior Programmes & Policy Officer

Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus

Boris Balaneţkii-Schlütter - Programmes & Policy Officer

Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia

Anastasia Smirnova, Programmes & Policy Officer

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