‘Hate crime does not only impact its direct victims: it communicates to all members of a particular community that they are equally at risk and do not belong.’
This is according to the May 2018 report (pdf) by the Lifecycle of a Hate Crime research consortium.
The report aims to detail realities of hate crime legislation and inform future EU policy and legislative responses to hate crime.
This was based on the work of a research consortium of the following organisations:
- Hate and Hostility Research Group, University of Limerick (Ireland)
- IN IUSTITIA (Czech Republic)
- Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL)
- Latvian Centre for Human Rights
- Umeå University (Sweden)
- University of Sussex (United Kingdom)
The combating of hate crime through the criminal justice process is key to realising a safe society for Europe’s marginalised and minoritised communities, in turn addressing the societal fissures and fractures to which targeted hostility contributes.
The report recommends the following steps to address hate crime:
- Establish a common and inclusive definition of hate crime across Member States
- Introduce an EU Action Plan on Hate Crime
- The Fundamental Rights Agency must execute an EU-wide survey of minority communities regarding the prevalence, impacts, reporting and police experiences in reporting the reporting of hate crime
- Review mechanisms for monitoring the implementation of EU policies on hate crime to provide insight into gaps between policy and practice.