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

Call XI (Hate crime documentation)

This call was specifically focused on data-collection of LGBTI-phobic hate-crimes and allocated grants to support documentation of incidence of homophobic and transphobic violence in European countries. This data collection call has been devised to feed in ILGA-Europe’s evidence based advocacy strategy in favour of European legislation and policy measures to tackle hate crime. 11 medium-scale projects (up to 10,000 euros with no minimum amount requirement) were supported in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, and Ukraine.

 

The funding allowed the selected grantees:

  • Developing the skills to produce good quality and comparable evidence of incidence of violence experienced by LGBTI people;
  • Producing a report on homophobic and transphobic hate crimes in their country, which allowed ILGA-Europe to compile data at European level at the end of 2013;
  • Increasing the visibility of the issue of homophobic and transphobic violence at national and European levels.

All organisations received grants within the call committed to apply the “Guidelines for grantees on how to monitor and report LGBTI-phobic incidents” that provide a framework on how LGBTI-phobic incidents can be monitored and documented. The part of the call was a training on the Guidelines implementation, which took place in Brussels early January 2013.


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Name of the implementing organisation: Sarajevo Open Centre

Contact information:

Čobanija 12, 71000 Sarajevo

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Phone: +387 (0)33 200-073

E-mail: office@soc.ba

Contact person: Mariña Barreiro

Grant amount: EUR 9930

Period of implementation: January – December 2013

Summary

The project was aimed at collecting data, based on real hate crime cases followed by publishing and distributing of the report. The information gathered through the project is currently being used as an advocacy tool and the argument for inclusion of SOGI as ground protected from hate crimes and is also used as a solid proof for the necessity of conducting the education of the police personnel on dealing with LGBT persons victims of hate crime, as well as ensuring that all of the police officers are instructed on how to recognize bias indicators and process homo-/transphobic hate crimes, professionally with due care and respect. The project has inspired the organization to educate LGBT community about the meaning of hate crime and the importance report.


Greece

Name of the implementing organisation: OLKE

Contact information:

74 Ermou Street 105 51, Athens, Greece

Phone: +30 6950094300

E-mail: konstantina.kosmidou@gmail.com

Contact person: Konstantina Kosmidou

Grant amount: EUR 10000

Period of implementation: January – December 2013

Summary

The project focuses on recording incidents of victims of racist violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity in order to raise awareness in a multi-level scale by providing statistical and qualitative analysis of the data. The aim of the report publication is to raise awareness amongst the police, local and national government understand about the true extent of homophobic and transphobic violence and abuse, and the impact it has on the lives of LGBT people in Greece. Having these data will help developing services and strategies will to tackle this type of violence.


Ireland

Name of the implementing organisation: Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI)

Contact information:

The Gate Lodge, Carmichael Centre

North Brunswick St.,

Dublin 7, Dublin, Ireland

Phone: +353 1 873 3575

E-mail: office@teni.ie or director@teni.ie

Contact person: Broden Giambrone

Grant amount: EUR 9990

Period of implementation: January – December 2013

Summary

The project was aimed at collecting important data on transphobic incidences in the Republic of Ireland. The product of the project is a comprehensive report analysing the thirty-six cases of hate crimes and incidents in 2013. This report was published and launched in March 2014. The report is used to address the lack of legislation and policy protecting trans people as currently there is no hate crime legislation in Ireland and the Equality legislation does not explicitly protect individuals on the basis of their gender identity, gender expression or transgender status. The report is vital in ensuring that policy-makers and politicians have clear evidence of hate crimes and incidents in Ireland which is further enhanced by the voices of trans people which feature in the qualitative sections of the report.


Italy

Name of the implementing organisation: LGBT Resource Centre Italy

Contact information:

Via Santa Chiara 1, 10122 Torino, Italy

Phone: +393472511137

E-mail: centro@risorselgbti.eu

Contact person: Valeria Santostefano

Grant amount: EUR 10000

Period of implementation: January – December 2013

Summary

The project was aimed at collecting data on hate crime in 3 Italian regions. After the completion data collection on hate crimes in two regions a final monitoring report was produced. This report is used in LGBTI Resource Center advocacy activities to work on promotion of political and social change at both, local and national levels. The data collection methodology designed by the organization for this project, together with the RACCONTA Campaign website, will be tools both used in the follow up of this project.


Latvia

Name of the implementing organisation: Association of LGBT and their friends Mozaika

Contact information:

Kr. Valdemara iela 18‐1a,

Riga, LV‐1050, Latvia

E-mail: office@mozaika.lv

Contact person: Kaspars Zalitis

Grant amount: EUR 9758

Period of implementation: January – December 2013

Summary

The project was aimed at collecting measurable data and producing of a report during the period of the project on suspected homophobic and transphobic violence within the territory of Latvia. As a main outcome of the project is the Report on homophobic and transphobic hate crimes in Latvia 2013. Report consists of all key findings delivered by the projects also analysis of legislation and trends when it comes to bias motivated crimes in Latvia. Report is translated in Latvian and will also be available in Russian in order to reach maximum audience in Latvia and beyond. Report will be available online at the Mozaika website.


Lithuania

Name of the implementing organisation: Lithuanian Gay League (LGL)

Contact information:

A. Jaksto 22-15

LT-01105 Vilnius, Lithuania

Phone: +370 52610314

Email: office@gay.lt

Contact person: Sigita Ruksenaite,

Grant amount: EUR 8100

Period of implementation: January – December 2013

Summary

The project was aimed at documenting homophobic and transphobic hate crimes in Lithuania that resulted in the report “Homophobic and transphobic hate crimes in Lithuania: LGL monitoring report” of the key findings (in English and Lithuanian). It provides analysis of collected data and presents real stories revealing problems faced by LGBTI people in their everyday lives. Besides, the website section for online reporting form was created will function further after the project to collect evidence in the field.

Collected information helps to support LGL’s advocacy work by providing a base of the actual evidence. Collected data is used to improve cooperation with Police and the Prosecution Service, and to reach the national policy makers, which will allow for increasing availability of data on extent of hate crimes in Lithuania. The collected evidence will also help to prepare methodology for Police officers which would provide guidelines on how to deal with hate crime victims, witnesses and hate crime in general. LGL will share the collected data and gained experience with other human rights NGOs that are dealing with hate crime issues, such as Center for Equality Advancement (CEA) with which LGL plan to cooperate and share important information.


Moldova

Name of the implementing organisation: Information Centre “GENDERDOC-M”

Contact information:

Str. V. Cupcea 72/1, Chisinau, Moldova

Phone: +37322288859

E-mail: angela.frolov@gdm.md

Contact person: Angela Frolov

Grant amount: EUR 8200

Period of implementation: January – December 2013

Summary

The project was aimed to collect evidence of homo/transphobic violence against LGBT in Moldova and to compile analysed data in a report with recommendations to decision-making and executive institutions to amend domestic legislation with definition of hate crime include SOGI as aggravating circumstances. The main product of the project is the report on homophobic violence in Moldova in 2013 that reflects 17 cases of extreme physical/psychological violence and assaults towards LGB people, as well as the legal situation regarding hate crimes in Moldova. Each case has a detailed description showing the level of homophobic hate crimes that are not properly addressed by the police and other law-enforcement authorities. This report is to become a memorandum on bias motivated crimes committed against people on various grounds including sexual orientation to be officially presented in February and will be used to advocate for official recognition and penalization of hate crimes against LGBT.


Poland

Name of the implementing organisation: Campaign against Homophobia (KPH)

Contact information:

ul. Solec 30 a, 00-403 Warszawa, Poland

Phone: +48 511 80 34 74

Contact person: Mirosława Makuchowska

Grant amount: EUR 10000

Period of implementation: January – December 2013

Summary

The project was aimed at gathering homophobic and transphobic reports of hate crime cases in order to produce a report which will be used as an advocacy tool. The final product of the project is electronic (Polish and English) and printed version (Polish) of the survey and its analysis with the results of the research. The report is used in the advocacy work and to raise awareness about the hate crime problem among the general public and key stakeholders: members of Parliament, Minister of Justice, Minister of Equal Treatment, Ombudsman, Senators, the General Prosecutor, potential allies among polish human rights and women’s rights NGO’s.


Portugal

Name of the implementing organisation: ILGA-Portugal

Contact information:

Rua de St. Lazaro 88, 1150-530 Lisbon, Portugal

Phone: +351 218873918

E-mail: marta@ilga-portugal.pt

Contact person: Marta Ramos

Grant amount: EUR 10000

Period of implementation: January – December 2013

Summary

The project was aimed at collecting data through anonymous online reporting form and bodies, members of the multidisciplinary WG on hate crimes and other victims support. The outcome is that through dissemination of the results in the media and, in particular, to the relevant national authorities it will be possible to advocate for necessary changes in legislation and policy making procedures in Portugal. The results will be also relevant to justify the implementation of the National Equality Plan and to continue training with security forces and to raise awareness about the need for transversal anti-discrimination legislation and for specific prohibition of discrimination in access to goods and services and in the health sector. These results are to be used also to promote the need for training sessions with relevant professionals, such as in education, social security and health sectors.


Spain

Contact information:

C/Infantas 40, 1º Dcha, 28004, Madrid

Phone: 0034 913604605

E-mail: gerencia@felgtb.org

Contact person: Jenifer Rebollo Norberto

Grant amount: EUR 10000

Period of implementation: January – December 2013

Summary

The project was aimed at collecting documentation to make visible homophobic and transphobic violence in Spain that would be used as an advocacy tool for legal reforms, commitments policy and service delivery. The result of the project is a report containing a sample of 103 cases (victims or witnesses) - an annual study of people who have suffered either hate crimes or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity in 2013. The main outcome of the project is that it allowed for demonstrating empirically the very real problems that the LGBT people in Spain faces today. The project proved its efficiency as FELGTB was able to already make use of the data gathered in both their political and social work. The results will be used to also create a social support network for victims of hate crimes and a working group of expert jurists in this matter.


Turkey

Name of the implementing organisation: Kaos GL

Contact information:

GMK Bulvarı 29/12 Demirtepe-Kızılay

Ankara/TURKEY

Phone: + 90 (312) 230 03 58

E-mail: semih@kaosgl.org

Contact person: Semih Varol

Grant amount: EUR 9700

Period of implementation: January – December 2013

Summary

The project was aimed at documenting and reporting of discrimination and hate crime against LGBT individuals in Turkish cities (Adana, Ankara, Bursa, Istanbul, Izmir, Diyarbakir, and Eskisehir). The project output - printed and digital versions of the report will be distributed to all stakeholders involved with the scope to inform them about the situation with hate crimes against LGBT community. It is planned to have a follow up advocacy actions based on report findings: Parliamentary Questions, Parliamentary Speeches, etc.


Ukraine

Name of the implementing organisation: Nash Mir (Our World)

Contact information:

PO Box 173, Kiev, 02100, Ukraine

Phone: +380 44 296-34-24

E-mail: coordinator@gay.org.ua

Contact person: Andriy Maymulakhin

Grant amount: EUR 10000

Period of implementation: January – December 2013

Summary

The project was aimed at collecting information on homophobic and transphobic violence in Ukraine that would be used for advocacy purposes, including strategic work to embed SOGI as an explicit clause in anti-discrimination law. The collected information is planned to be used in the “shadow reports” which is being submitted to various international bodies to have proof of the hate crimes committed against LGBTI in Ukraine. This work is a part of the organisation’s advocacy strategy to use international mechanisms and organizations to put pressure on the Ukrainian authorities.