Training on combating hate crime more effectively is continued

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2019 09 26

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The Ministry of the Interior is implementing a project "Strengthening response to hate crime and hate speech in Lithuania" and continue the joint training for police officers, prosecutors and judges.

The aim of the training is strengthening the abilities to recognize hate crimes and hate speech, to ensure effective investigation, prosecution and adequate punishment as well as to understand the needs of victims.

The first two training sessions took place in Vilnius this June and got very good assessment – 34 of the 35 participants who filled in the feedback questionnaires indicated that they would recommend this training to their colleagues.

The training is provided by professional psychologists and criminal justice experts. The training also includes an exercise of Forum Theater that is organized by a professional Forum Theater group. This method of training has been chosen in order to help the participants of training to understand the needs of victims of hate crime, to be tolerant and avoid secondary victimization when dealing with victims.

In September, October and November 2019 the training is organised in Panevėžys, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and Kaunas.

The project "Strengthening response to hate crime and hate speech in Lithuania" funded by the EU Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) is implemented by the Ministry of the Interior (Project coordinator), the Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics and the Prosecutor General’s Office.

 

The project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)