Fundamental Rights Conference 2013

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The Fundamental Rights Conference is held in Vilnius on 12-13 November, 2013. This year the conference will focus on "Combating hate crime in the EU" and will be hosted in cooperation with the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. 

The event will bring together over 300 policy makers and practitioners from the EU as well as national levels, among them representatives from EU institutions and bodies, international organisations, national governments and parliaments, law enforcement, civil society and many more. 

Conference discussions will build on FRA’s reports on Making hate-crime visible in the European Union: acknowledging victims’ rights, and ‘Minorities as victims of crime (EU-MIDIS Data in Focus 6)’, as well as on findings of FRA’s EU-LGBT and antisemitism surveys, among others. 

The objectives of the conference are as follows:

  • To develop concrete proposals for follow-up on FRA’s opinions pertaining to hate crime, as formulated in its reports on the subject;
  • To explore practical solutions for victim support services tailored to specific situation and needs of the victims of hate crime;
  • To stimulate debate on hate crime and exchange ideas and practices on how to combat it on an EU as well as Member State levels;
  • To pool evidence and expertise of a variety of stakeholders in view of the foreseen review of Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA of 28 November 2008 on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law;
  • To enhance cooperation between stakeholders at different levels to counter hate crime more effectively.

More information about the conference and the draft programme may be found at Fundamental Rights Agency website.

Next day after the conference all EEA Financial Mechanism NGO Programme operators, donor states representatives and experts of Fundamental Rights Agency, Council of Europe and relevant NGOs, including NGOs from Donor States (Norway), will meet in the follow-up seminar hosted by Human Rights Monitoring Institute and Financial Mechanism Office. 

Thematic meeting of the NGO Programme Operators aims to consolidate the knowledge of the hate issues and their damage to society, including hate speech/incitement, hate crimes, victims of hate crimes, etc., as well as strategize further programmatic steps.