C.O.N.T.A.C.T is a European Union supported project that aims to do something about this through a hate crime recording website and phone app, training of police and officials and research into hate crime. C.O.N.T.A.C.T covers Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Spain and UK. C.O.N.T.A.C.T stands for Creating an Online Network, monitoring Team and phone App to Counter hate crime Tactics. Materials from the awareness raising and training events, analytical studies, university module and perceptual experiment will be available on the ‘Resources’ page of this website.
Definitions of what constitutes a hate crime differ from country to country. The European Union legislation is contained within the Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law. This Act compels EU Member States to punish intentional conduct:
- Publicly inciting to violence or hatred directed against a group or individual defined by race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin;
- Commission of such an act by public dissemination or distribution of tracts, pictures or other material.
In addition the Act states that for offences other than the above, Member States must take necessary measures to ensure that racist and xenophobic motivation is considered an aggravating circumstance or is taken into account by the courts when they determine the penalties for offences.
Some Member State’s national legislation goes beyond this minimum EU standard to provide greater protection to victims of hate crime.
It is only by reporting hate crime and incidents to the police, and recording them on tools such as C.O.N.T.A.C.T, that the extent of the problem is realised and action taken against the perpetrators.
View more at http://reportinghate.eu/