European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

The small pilot call aimed to support small-scale projects (up to 2,000 euros) intended to document (cases of) discrimination, hate crimes and other human rights violations committed on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Priority areas of the call were: hate crimes and hate speech (including in media), brutalities of law-enforcement authorities, legal position of LGBT people in an eligible country, freedom of assembly and association.

Four projects had been supported within this call in Croatia, Latvia, Poland and Serbia.

The information contained in the documentation reports has subsequently been used by ILGA-Europe in its lobbying activities with the European institutions: European Union, Council of Europe and the OSCE.


Croatia: Documenting Hate Crimes in Croatia

Name of the implementing organisation: Lesbian Group Contra
Contact information:
Address: Kralja Držislava 2, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia,
e-mail:kontra@kontra.hr
tel: +385 1 457 33 72
Contact person: Sanja Juras
Grant amount: EUR 2000
Period of implementation: June 2006 – June 2007

Summary

The purpose of the project is to systematically document cases of hate crimes and hate speech against sexual and gender minorities, which have been reported, and to produce reports as a result of this documentation. It is implemented jointly by Lesbian Group Kontra and Iskorak-Center for Rights of Sexual Minorities. The project could be seen as a part of broader activities performed by the legal team of both organizations in assisting victims of hate crimes and monitoring media. Documented data from these reports will be a useful tool for educating the police on homophobic and transphobic hate crimes.

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Latvia: Homophobic Hate Speech in Latvia: Monitoring the decision Makers

Name of the implementing organisation: Alliance of LGBT and their friends Mozaika
Contact information:
Post: Jāņa iela 3-4 Riga LV-1050
E-mail : lars.grava@synergy.lv
Phone : +371 9451831
Web page: www.mozaika.lv
Contact person: Lars N. Grava
Grant amount: EUR 1910
Period of implementation: July-December 2006

Summary

The project compiles homophobic speech by politicians during a volatile period in Latvia – between June 2004 and August 2006, leading to parliamentary elections. Content analysis of the materials allows Mozaīka to: discern patterns of hate speech; link hate speech to discriminatory activities (such as the amendment to the Constitution outlawing same-sex marriage); and organize public discussions on the limits of acceptable speech. These analytical findings are presented in a summary report. The project findings incorporate a sound academic documentation of the existing situation with a toolkit for monitoring and activism by Mozaīka.

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Poland: Report on Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation in Poland for the Year 2005

Name of the implementing organisation: Campaign against Homophobia (KPH)
Contact information:
Address: ul. Woloska 58/62 m. 5, 02-507 Warszawa, Poland
phone: 0048 22 423 64 38
e-mail: info@kampania.org.pl
Contact person: Tomasz Szypula
Grant amount: EUR 2000
Period of implementation: June 2006 – January 2007

Summary

The project aims is to gather all relevant data and information about discrimination related to sexual orientation in Poland; the report focuses in the public and social life of LGBT people in Poland. Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH) is aiming to gather data from LGBT people about cases of homophobia various aspects of everyday life and about psychological and physical violence based on sexual orientation. A report is written on the basis of at least 1000 out of the 1500 questionnaires addressed to the LGBT community by KPH regional branches all around the country and it will be used for advocacy campaigns both at national and international levels. This project follows two reports written in 2001 and 2002 on the same issue.

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Serbia: Monitoring hate speech in the media

Name of the implementing organisation: Labris - Lesbian Human Rights Organisation
Contact information: Ivana Djaje 3/3, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Contact person: Radenka Grubacic
Grant amount: EUR 1923
Period of implementation: 1 October 2006 - 30 June 2007

Summary

Labris aims at developing further the monitoring project, implemented between May and July 2006, on hate speech in print media. 6 TV channels will be monitored for a 3-month period (October, November and December 2006) through press cuttings provided by an external agency. A report will be written, taking into account both the monitoring of print and audiovisual media. This will help to assess the implementation of the Radio Broadcasting law which includes provisions against discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation.

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