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Session 1

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 – University of Limerick, Ireland
Dr Dovile Murauskiene – Lawyer, Lithuania

Facilitated by Jekaterina Tumule – Latvian Center for Human Rights

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 Graaf – Cavaria, Belgium
Paul Borghs – Unia, Belgium

Session 2

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 (DHC) 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

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 – INACH
Andrea Cox – digiQ

Moderated by Kelly Grossthal – EHRC