Facts against hate

Facts against hate 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 coordinated by the Ministry of Justice (Finland), and the project partners are the Ministry of the Interior (Finland), the Police University College (Finland), Anti-Racist Forum ry (Finland), the Centre for Peace Studies (Croatia), and INAR (Ireland).

The project is funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship program of the European Commission. 

Evidence-based actions against racism and hate crime 

The conference aims to 

  • inform and exchange knowledge about evidence-based actions, measures and tools against racism and hate crime
  • present and discuss measures and practises in data gathering and the use of information

Target audience: professionals (experts, authorities, decision-makers and NGOs) working with hate crime and hate speech in the EU Member States. 
 
Background: Hate crime, hate speech, harassment and disinformation is a problem that all EU countries are struggling with. They are connected to several other challenges in our societies and form a threat against equality, democracy and the freedom of speech. 

Conference is a part of the Facts against Hate project.

Online Conference:
Evidence-based actions against racism and hate crime

20 October 2021
11.00 –17.00 EET (Helsinki) 

Host: journalist Renaz Ebrahimi

Follow the live stream here.


PROGRAMME:

11.00–11.15 WELCOMING WORDS

  • Michaela Moua, European Commission, Team Leader anti-racism coordination, EU Coordinator for Anti-Racism 

11.15–12.30 DATA COLLECTION ON HATE INCIDENTS SUPPORTS EFFECTIVE ACTIONS
Reporting of hate incidents: experiences from Ireland, Croatia and Finland     

  • Shane O’Curry, Director, INAR (Irish Network Against Racism), Ireland
  • Cvijeta Senta, Executive Director, Centre for Peace Studies, Croatia
  • Akunna Onwen, Project Manager, Anti-Racist Forum, Finland 
     
  • Commentator: Griffin Ferry, Adviser on Civil Society Relations, Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department, OSCE ODIHR

12.30–13.30 Break 

13.30–14.45 COOPERATION AND CAPACITY BUILDING AS TOOLS IN WORK AGAINST HATE CRIME

  • Cooperation and capacity building for preventing and fighting against hate speech, Carmen Girón, Technical Advisor, OBERAXE
  • Hate Crime Unit supports effective actions in the Police, Monica Lillebacken, Superintendent & Hanne Nilsson, Investigating Leader, Hate Crime Unit, Norwegian Police
  • Connecting on hate crime data in Ireland and Europe and the Facing Facts Network, Joanna Perry, Consultant & Shane O’Curry, Director, INAR

14.45–15.15 Break 

15.15–15.45 TACKLING UNDERREPORTING

  • Encouraging hate crime reporting, Juul van Hoof, Programme Officer, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

15.45–16.55 HATE SPEECH AND DISINFORMATION AS THREATS TO DEMOCRACY

  • Piloting the use of AI in monitoring online hate, Mari-Sanna Paukkeri, CEO, Utopia Analytics
  • Panel discussion:
    Claire Fernandez, Executive Director, European Digital Rights
    Anna Könönen, Communication Director, Plan International Finland
    Mikko Salo, Founder, FactBar EDU
    Yuk Lan Wong, Policy and Project Officer, European Federation of Journalists

16.55–17.00 CLOSING WORDS 

Programme changes possible


Our event is discrimination-free where racism, sexism, discrimination based on disability or health, transphobia, homophobia or otherwise inappropriate behaviour is not accepted. Be sensitive and respectful.

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Facts Against Hate

The objective of the project Facts against Hate is to improve the effectiveness of work against hate crime and hate speech. The project runs from 1 December 2019 to 30 November 2021.

Why was the project started?

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 discrimination in Finland and urged Finland to step up its efforts.

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 Ministry of Justice, and the project partners are the Ministry of the Interior, the Police University College, Anti-Racist Forum ry, the Centre for Peace Studies (Croatia), and INAR (Ireland).

 

 

Facts against Hate -project is co-funded by European Union's Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme.

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