June 2013 - Individual and community impacts of racist crime

Individual and community impacts of racist crime - June 2013

Welcome to this latest edition of the ENARgy webzine, focusing on the individual and community impact of racist crime in Europe. It starts with an overview of data collection mechanisms and available data on the reality of racist crime in Europe. This is followed by an analysis of the impact of the EU Framework Decision on racism and xenophobia for victims of racist crime and an assessment of how a climate of hostility can create the conditions for ‘hate’ in the United Kingdom. Testimonies by victims of racist violence give evidence of the harms inflicted, while further articles focus on the community impact of racist violence and the wider institutional racism involved. Finally, best practices in support to victims of hate crime – both by the police and by civil society organisations - are presented. If you would like to read and/or print the full webzine in pdf format, you can download it here.

Invisible victims of hate crime in the EU

This article focuses on the status of official data collection mechanisms and on what they (don’t) show in relation to crimes motivated by hatred and prejudice. It also presents key data from FRA surveys in this area.

Racist violence: What impact for the EU Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia?

This article examines the impact of the EU Framework Decision on racism and xenophobia for victims of racist crime and underlines the importance of implementing this legislation and going beyond its minimum standards.

The politics of ’hate’

Jon Burnett of the Institute of Race Relations looks at how, in the United Kingdom, a general climate of hostility which becomes politically normalised, is among the factors which create the conditions for ’hate’.

Victims of racist crime tell their stories

The direct testimonies of victims of hate crime can act as powerful and focused evidence of the need and effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of law and policy to tackle hate crime. Speaking out can also be an important route to empowerment for victims of hate crime. Kenza Isnasni explains why she will never remain silent about the murder of her parents by a far-right supporter, while Mamadou Camara gives his perspective as a relative of Ndoye Yatassaye, victim of a racist killing in Belgium. Finally, Adla Shashati gives insight into the everyday violence migrants face in Greece.

The banality of racist violence

This piece highlights the fact that perpetrators of racist violence are mainly ordinary people who offend in the unfolding of their everyday lives. It also points to the need for dialogue with offenders and restorative justice interventions in order to raise awareness of the wider impact and consequences of their actions on entire communities.

The anti-Semitic killing in Toulouse and its impact

Ari Sebag, Vice-President of Licra, gives an analysis of the anti-Semitic killing last year in Toulouse, France and its impact: what reactions it triggered among political parties and its consequences for Jewish and Muslim communities in France.

Germany: Time to Deal with Institutional Racism

In the context of a spate of racist crimes committed by a neo-Nazi group and police brutality against Black minorities, this article analyses the institutional racism prevalent in political, legal and law enforcement institutions in Germany.

The role of the police in addressing hate crime: The case of the Police Service of Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Police Service presents best practice in its work on hate crime - in terms of training, legal and psychological support to victims of racist crime, cooperation with NGOs working in this field, etc.

NGO best practice in supporting victims of racist crime

The Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities presents its work in providing support services to victims of race hate crime, harassment and intimidation. They aim to provide victims a safe and confidential environment to speak about their experiences, and to ensure that victims are fully informed of their rights and empowered to access these.

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