A project to strengthen response to hate crimes and hate speech in Lithuania was launched

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2018 09 24

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On September 14th the project "Strengthening response to hate crime and hate speech in Lithuania" was presented at the Ministry of the Interior.

The project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014–2020) and focuses on problems that have been raised for several years now by the NGOs: underreporting of hate crimes and hate speech, as well as failures of police officers, prosecutors and judges to recognise a bias motive behind such incidents and effectively investigate, prosecute and adequately sentence hate crime and hate speech cases.

Objectives of the project are:
– to ensure effective investigation, prosecution and adequate sentencing of hate crime and hate speech cases;
– to improve knowledge and awareness of competent national authorities about the impact of hate crime and hate speech, the needs and expectations of vulnerable communities;
– to address underreporting;
– to intensify countering hate speech online.

The main activities of the project are focused on three areas: strengthening law enforcement and judicial authorities' capacities, building trust between national public authorities and vulnerable communities and building capacity on reporting online hate speech.

Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania is the project coordinator. Other partners participating in the project are the Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics and the Prosecutor General’s Office.
The duration of the project activities will be 20 months. The estimated budget of the project is EUR 286 thousand.

 This event was funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014–2020).
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