During the month of June, within the STAND-UP project framework, Italy hosted three trainings aimed at giving practical tools to stand up against hate in the European Union. Meetings took place in the beautiful setting of the cities of Venice, Milan and Rimini (🇮🇹).
Trainings were organized by Agenfor, a member of the STAND-UP consortium, while ALDA took part as trainer during the ones held in Venice and Rimini (🇮🇹).
The coaching sessions’ targets were members of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Public Authorities, associations or communities affected by hate crime or hate speech.
The teaching aimed to improve competences and technological skills to concretely fight hate crimes/hate speech: as violence attributed to these behaviours has increased worldwide, societies confronting the trend must deal with questions of free speech and censorship on widely used tech platforms and beyond.
The teaching aimed to improve competences and technological skills to concretely fight hate crimes/hate speech
The STAND-UP project strives to create a comprehensive and holistic counter-hate crime framework that covers all components of the counter-hate process (reporting-investigating-prosecution-prevention (RIPP), embedded within a framework of victim support. In this way, the project ensures the complementarity of the work of different actors, leading to a streamlined and more efficient RIPP cycle, better victim support and higher levels of trust between CSOs, law enforcement, judiciary, and victims.
The courses focused on a more theoretical part concerning the European legislation, hate crimes/hate speech and the need for strong cooperation between public and private actors. The Victim Support Handbook and its victim-centered approach produced by ALDA within the project framework have also been object of further analysis.
The second part of the trainings aimed at teaching how to successfully manage the OSINT and Falkor software and Virtual Reality simulations in order to monitor hate speech consequences within society.
Partners look forward to applying the knowledge acquired in the field and work actively on the pilot to take stock of the results and share them within the Final Event taking place in January in Brussels (🇧🇪).