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Joining Forces:

together against hate crime

Conference on bringing together police and NGOs
to combat hate crime in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

24 September 2020 | Online


  • 24 September 2020 - 10am–4pm EEST

Gathering & registration

Please be ready in Zoom at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the conference.

Opening words

Egert Rünne Executive Director, Estonian Human Rights Centre

Main outcomes of the project PONGO

Goda Jurevičiūtė – Project manager, Human Rights Monitoring Institute (Lithuania)

Greeting by Johannes Boermann

Johannes Boermann – Policy officer for Fundamental Rights, Directorate General for Justice, European Commission

Keynote speech "Countering hate crime in Europe: Achievements, current problems and future directions"

Dr Piotr Godzisz – Lecturer in Criminology, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom
15 minutes

Coffee Break

Panel Discussion

"Joining forces: the challenges and possibilities for police and NGO cooperation in tackling hate crime"

Deins Millers – Chief specialist of the Prevention, Coordination and Statistics Unit, Riga municipal police
Birute Sabatauskaite – Director of Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights
Kristiina Raud – Communication manager, Estonian LGBT Association

Moderated by Tanel Kalmet – Guest lecturer in law, Tallinn University
45 minutes

Lunch Break

Parallel workshop/discussion - Session 1

"How to tackle hate crime? Theory vs practice”

The prosecution of hate crimes depends not only on the explicit legislation, but also on effective criminal justice system. The aim of the panel is to look at the certain legal challenges in the Baltic countries and to discuss how to make the prosecution system more effective. The example of Ireland will help to outline factors that can facilitate prosecution in the absence of legislation addressing hate crimes.

Dr Jennifer Schweppe – Senior Lecturer in law and co-Director of the Hate and Hostility Research Group, University of Limerick, Ireland
Dr Dovile Murauskiene – Lawyer, Lithuania

Facilitated by Jekaterina Tumule Latvian Center for Human Rights
Parallel workshop/discussion - Session 1

"Empowering victims through restorative justice”

Restorative justice is an approach in the justice system that focuses on reconciliation and rehabilitation of the offenders but at the same time it also seeks to heal the victim and community. What does this all mean for the victims of hate crimes? Can restorative practices be used in cases of hate crime or are there specific challenges that need to be taken into account?
Alexi De Greef – Cavaria, Belgium
Paul Borghs – Unia, Belgium
Parallel workshop/discussion - Session 2

"Disability hate crime: shedding light upon the invisible”

The workshop will focus and discuss with the delegates on what actions/practices are needed to ensure that the laws are effective, and disability hate crimes (DCH) are properly responded to on the national level. Based on the example of United Kingdom and shared experience, the workshop will discuss 1) the role of political and legal framework for acknowledging and properly regulating disability hate crimes; 2) conditions for reporting/investigating disability hate crimes; 3) community awareness and empowerment/support schemes for reporting and supporting victims of DHC.

Dovile Joudkaite – President, Lithuanian Disability Forum
Mick Conboy – Hate Crime Stakeholder Manager, Crown Prosecution Service, United Kingdom
Parallel workshop/discussion - Session 2

"Learning from experience: practical solutions to tackle hate speech"

Over the recent years we have witnessed active discussion about the negative impact of hate speech on our societies. At the same time an important question remains - what can be actually done about it? In this workshop, we share some projects and practical examples that have successfully addressed hate speech phenomenon.

Tamas Berecz – International Network Against Cyber Hate
Andrea Cox – digiQ, Slovakia

Facilitated by Kelly Grossthal – Estonian Human Rights Centre
15 minutes

Coffee Break


Main takings from the workshops and discussions


Closing words

The attendee list is full and registration is closed

The conference is part of the project PONGO: Police and NGO cooperation to combat hate crime in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.


Conference location: Hotel Metropol

The hotel is located at the heart of the city in the Rotermann Quarter

Address: Roseni 13, 10111 Tallinn

Tallinn Old Town: 100 mPort: 1,2 kmAirport: 4 kmRailway station: 2 kmKalamaja, Telliskivi Creative City: 2,6 km

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