Equality and Human Rights Framework

FRA speaks in European Parliament on hate crime in the European Union

Monday 27 January 2014
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Hate crime poses a very real challenge to the EU’s core values of democracy, justice, solidarity and equality, the FRA told a meeting at the European Parliament on 22 January.

"By breeding intolerance, [hate crime] puts at risk the inclusive and sustainable growth that is at the heart of Europe’s 2020 strategy. A society in which intolerance and hate crime persist does not allow its members to realise their full potential. And the loser is not just the individual, but the entire society.”

Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, head of FRA’s Equality and Citizens’ Rights Department, spoke at a meeting of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament on the issue of hate crime.

Click here to read the speech

Click here for an Infographic on hate crimes in the EU

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