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Frontpage News 2015 Countering hate violence in Hungary

Opening of the project 'Coaltion against hate violence in Hungary'. Photo Mr. Lászlo Vince Polgári
Norway's ambassador to Hungary, Tove Skarstein (right) and the project director Miriam Ekiudoko at the opening of the project 'Coalition against hate violence in Hungary'. Photo Mr. Lászlo Vince Polgári

Countering hate violence in Hungary

  • Supporting victims of hate crime and developing mechanism to deal with hate violence is at the centre of a project to counter hate violence in Hungary. The project is supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the NGO programme in Hungary.

    Numerous reports in recent years from international organisations have documented worrying levels of harassment and violence towards minorities in Europe.

    The aim of the project 'Coalition against hate violence in Hungary' run by the Ebony African Organization is to provide civil society organizations that are in direct contact with victims of hate violence the adequate support in handling such cases, and to work to initiate informal coalition and cooperation of organizations representing and supporting minority and migrant groups. 

    “Hate crimes strike at the heart of EU commitments to democracy and the fundamental rights of equality and non-discrimination,” said Norway's ambassador to Hungary, Tove Skarstein, at the project opening recently. She underlined that it is important to work together to raise awareness of hate crime and the way it undermines democracy, while also focusing on the promotion of tolerance and multicultural understanding.

    The project will strive to take an active role in enabling participating organizations to take measures together for a more effective mechanism in the prevention of hate violence, awareness raising, victim support, monitoring and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

    The project is supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the NGO programme in Hungary.

    “It makes me proud that we are able to support projects such as this. Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein contribute €13,5 million to civil society in Hungary in order to assist initiatives such as this, in good cooperation with the local authorities and state institutions,” said ambassador Skarstein.

    Other activities to counter hate speech is also funded under the NGO programme in Hungary. For example, the Fund Operator of the NGO programme held two youth blogger trainings for around 50 people on hate speech in December and January. Read more.

    Read more about the 'Coalition against hate violence in Hungary' project

    Read more about the EEA Grants NGO programme in Hungary

    Read more about how Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are supporting initiatives to raise awareness of hate crime and hate speech, as well as promote tolerance and multicultural awareness.

    The Norwegian Embassy in Hungary

  • Country:

    Hungary


    Project title:

    Coalition Against Hate Violence

    Project number:

    HU05-0155

    Priority sector:

    Civil Society

    Grant:

    € 50197

    Status:

    Completed

    Project promoter:

    Ebony African Cultural, Arts and Human Rights Organization

    Type of Institution:

    Other type of NGO

    Project duration:

    22 months

    Project cost:

    € 55,781

    Grant from:

    EEA Grants

    The aim is to develop effective mechanisms to deal with hate violence, to support the victims of hate crimes, to launch a dialogue between NGO-s and governmental bodies, to transfer international good practices, to prepare relevant materials which can be used in the long term, to increase the number of documented hate crimes. The direct target groups are NGO-s with direct concerns in the topic of hate crime and victims of hate crimes. The indirect target groups are the potential targets of hate violence, governmental bodies, NGO-s which do not participate in the project but are involved in the topic. The activities that will take plase is: preparation of educational materials, leaflets, action kit, preparation of recommendations, 5 round-table discussions, formulation of a joint declaration, documantation of hate violence cases, 2 trainers’ trainings, setting up a website, guerilla marketing activities & flash mob action. Cooperation in other, long term projects, trainings, joint monitoring, documenting & actions, preparation of case studies.