Closing conference of Working with the police and challenging hate crimes in Europe 2008-2011
See pictures, download presentations and read about the conference on Joining forces to combat homophobic and transphobic violence in Europe - Law enforcement agencies and civil society cooperation which took place on 8 and 9 December 2011 in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Objectives of the conference
This conference comes at the end of a 4 years project by ILGA-Europe, supported by the Dutch Government (Ministry for Education, Culture and Science). This provided ILGA-Europe and its members with resources to identify the best practices of cooperation between police forces and LGBTI organisations in Europe. It also allowed ILGA-Europe to produce dissemination tools. Finally, it strengthened the LGBTI movement’s capacities to document homophobic and transphobic incidents in Europe, and to advocate for comprehensive public policy responses to this massive social threat.
The conference was the opportunity for ILGA-Europe and the Gender and LGBT Equality Department of the Dutch Ministry for Education, Culture and Science to present the outcomes of the “Working with the police and challenging hate crime in Europe” project and the concrete policy instruments produced by ILGA-Europe: publication on good practices, toolkit on cooperation between LGBTI organisations and police.
The event also made it possible to present all the components of the much needed comprehensive policy response needed to effectively tackle hate crime in Europe, including proposals for tailored legislation.
A mixed audience joined in The Hague, with the participation and contribution of European institutions (European Union, Council of Europe, OSCE), national governments representatives and national police forces and police academies, and prosecutors.
The contents of the conference
Please find below the conference’s programme, as well as links to the presentations delivered by the speakers.
8 December 2011
15.15 – 17.30 Opening plenary session: Overview of the European context and of the existing challenge. This session was chaired by Azra Junuzovic, Deputy Head of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights’ Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department within the OSCE.
With interventions from...
- Henri Nickels, the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency: current situation and policy state of play in the European Union
- Tomas Kukal, Policy Officer, Fundamental Rights and Rights of the Child Unit, European Commission: existing instruments to combat bias violence in the European Union
- Annachiara Cerri, Council of Europe, Head of the LGBT-Issues Unit, Directorate for Human Rights and Anti-discrimination
- Mandana Zarrehparvar, Danish Institute for Human Rights: enforcing legislation, building competences within law enforcement bodies.
9 December 2011
09.00 – 9.45 Plenary in Barcelona conference room: Address by the Dutch Government Minister for Education, Culture and Science, and Gender & LGBT Equality, Ms.Marja van Bijsterveldt-Vliegenthart. Read the speech here.
10.15 – 12.15 Workshops: Cooperation between police authorities and LGBT organisations
- Workshop 1: Advanced models of cooperation between police authorities and LGBT organisations. This workshop was moderated by Paul Giannasi, Police Superintendent, Hate Crime Programme, Ministry of Justice, UK.
- Bente Böckmann and Jessica Ek, Hate Crime Unit, Stockholm police: achievements in combating hate crime based on a comprehensive policy, including partnership with community NGOs
- Ramon Baiget Viale, Casal Lambda, Barcelona: the Catalonian protocol against homophobic and transphobic violence, an example of cooperation between LGBTI associations, police and prosecution services
- Lídia Balogh, MONA (Hungary): comprehensive training for police and other actors of combating gender-based violence.
- Workshop 2: Police and LGBTI communities, from mistrust to engagement. This workshop was moderated by Maria Joana Almeida, ILGA-Portugal, Portugal.
- Deborah Gold, Galop, London: police and LGBT organisations in London from the 80s to present days, a historical experience of cultural change
- Krzysztof Łaszkiewicz, Human Rights Advisor to the Chief Commander of the Polish Police: factors for success in establishing confidence and trust between LGBTI organisations and the police in Poland
- Catherine Lynch, ENAR Ireland: The experience of building confidence with the police to tackle racism and xenophobia.
14.30 – 16.15 Workshops: on the role of European institutions to provide policy responses
- Workshop 3: “Tailored hate crime law enforcement” – towards the effective implementation of existing commitments. This workshop was moderated by Patrick Harvie, Member of the Scottish Parliament, Scotland, UK.
- Ty Cobb, legislative counsel at Human Rights Campaign, former counsel to Sen. Edward Kennedy: from adopting to enforcing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr Hate Crimes Prevention Act, an example of political will in America
- Allison Jernow, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ): a Human Rights approach to hate crime laws
- Kinga Göncz, vice-president of the LIBE Committee, European Parliament: the European Parliament’s approach and on-going reflexions on the question of discriminatory violence.
- Workshop 4: Action and education guidelines for law enforcement institutions. This workshop was moderated by Tamás Dombos, Háttér Társaság a Melegekért, Hungary.
- Sergeant Barry Darling, Safer Communities Department, Lothian and Borders (Scotland): devising comprehensive training curricula and implementing them in Scotland, the example of an advanced police force
- Richard Polacek, ILGA-Europe’s consultant on training police officers on tackling LGBTI-phobic hate crime: the best way for LGBTI civil society organisations and law enforcement to join forces
- Bent Balthzer Soerensen, Police Superintendent, Investigation City Station Copenhagen: dissemination of training curricula and education materials from the European level to the local level.
16.15 – 16.45 Plenary session: recommendations by the conference (on the basis of the workshop discussions)
Closing speech by the Dutch Government’s State Secretary of Security and Justice, Mr. Fred Teeven