EJTN’s First Antisemitism and Hate Crimes training

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

EJTN Sub-working group for Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms launched the training activity that aims to create a platform to address the awareness of Antisemitism, non-discrimination and hate crimes, and the challenges it poses to judicial institutions throughout Europe today.  The learning objectives of this event are; an understanding of the phenomena of Antisemitism and its origins, an increased awareness of and sensitivity to bias motives in hate crimes and to discrimination behaviours, and also the crucial role of the judiciary in the protection of procedural rights of hate crime victims.

The event was opened for the first time by Ms. Claudia Weisbart, Convener of the EJTN sub-working group Human and Fundamental Rights, who stressed the importance of this topic in the EJTN Human Rights portfolio. The format has been prepared and the sessions have been moderated by Ms. Agnieszka Kluczyńska-Cichocka, Judge, Activity Coordinator of the seminar and representative of the National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution of Poland. Her aim was to include experts coming from a variety of stakeholders that can provide new approaches covering the aforementioned topics. The experts were coming from Council of Europe - European Court of Human Rights, Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, The Jewish Association Czulent and European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

The objectives of the webinar were completed in full as the programme provided the understanding of the relevant concept as antisemitism, hate crime, hate speech, bias motives, discrimination targeting a group hence not only an individual. The lectures ensured that the members of the judiciary recognize the bias motives of the crimes and pay attention whether there are any indications that offenders were motivated by discriminatory attitudes. Judges and prosecutors received the overview of the role of the judiciary in the protection of human rights in the cases based on bias motivation

The participants appreciated the transversal approach and online tools used in the session. Although set in an online environment, the discussion were very dynamic and interactive. 

As a follow-up of this event,  the EJTN Sub-working group for Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms will also offer the possibility to EU judges to join us for the second seminar this year ‘Antisemitism and hate crimes‘ in October 2021. The seminar will be hosted by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

We therefore welcome EU judges and prosecutor to join us in that activity!