Recommendations on the investigation of hate crimes and hate speech have entered into force

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2020 04 02

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An updated version of the Methodological Recommendations on the Peculiarities of Conducting, Organizing and Guiding the Pre-Trial Investigation of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech was approved by the Prosecutor General and entered into force on April 1, 2020.

These recommendations outline the concepts of hate crimes and hate speech, criteria and specifics of their delimitation, as well as other concepts relevant to the identification and investigation of this type of crimes, concepts of vulnerable groups, the main principles of conducting and organizing pre-trial investigations, international communication and qualification of crimes.

The recommendations set out criteria and principles to help officials address these and other issues in practice, promote a conscious and sensitive approach by law enforcement officials to victims of hate crimes or hate speech, and emphasize the requirement to assess the needs for special protection and apply necessary special protection measures.

The Methodological Recommendations on the Peculiarities of Conducting, Organizing and Guiding the Pre-Trial Investigation of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech were prepared within the framework of the project “Strengthening Response to Hate Crimes and Hate Speech in Lithuania” funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014–2020).

 

Funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)