New FRA report praises CEJI's Facing Facts! hate crime monitoring project

Antisemitism is one of the most alarming examples of how prejudice can endure, lingering on for centuries, curbing Jewish people’s chances to enjoy their legally guaranteed rights to human dignity, freedom of thought, conscience and religion or non-discrimination. Despite European Union (EU) and Member States’ best efforts, many Jews across the EU continue to face insults, discrimination, harassment and physical violence that may keep them from living their lives openly as Jews. Nevertheless, there is little concrete information available on the extent and nature of antisemitism that Jewish people encounter in the EU today – whether at work, in public places, at school or in the media – information critical to policy makers seeking to craft effective solutions to bring an end to such discrimination (1)

So begins a new report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) entitled “Discrimination and hate crime against Jews in EU Member States: experiences and perceptions of antisemitism". We are delighted to see that this important report gives special mention to our Facing Facts! hate-crime monitoring project on page 48, recommending it as ‘promising practice’:

Tackling hate crime Facing Facts! is an innovative project initiated by five non-governmental organisations: CEJI, A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe, the lead coordinator, the CST – Community Security Trust (UK), the CIDI (Centrum Informatie en Documentatie Israel - Dutch Centre for Documentation and Information Israel) (Netherlands), and the COC (Federation of Dutch Associations for the integration of Homosexuality), (Netherlands). ILGA – Europe (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) is an associate partner to the project. Through building the capacities of civil society organisations, the project advocates the use of data on hate crime to design better prevention and intervention measures. The project strives to make hate crime visible in Europe by providing civil society organisations with training. The project aims to:

  • standardise criteria for comparable hate crime/ incident data collection;
  • train civil society organisations representing victims to gather, analyse and report data for advocacy purposes;
  • hold governments accountable to existing international agreements at national/local level so that civil society and public authorities work together;
  • improve cooperation between different socio- cultural groups.

The full report can be downloaded from the FRA's website. (1) Morten Kjaerum. Director, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. http://fra.europa.eu/sites/default/files/fra-2013-discrimination-hate-crime-against-jews-eu-member-states_en.pdf