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16 Nov

International Day for Tolerance

When: Sunday, November 16, 2014 (All day)
Where:
Organizer:

In 1996, the UN General Assembly declated 16 November the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public.

12 Nov

10th Anniversary of the OSCE’s Berlin Conference on Anti-Semitism: High-Level Commemorative Event and Civil Society Forum

When: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 08:00 to Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 17:00
Where: Berlin
Organizer: German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swiss OSCE Chairmanship and ODIHR

In 2004, high-level representatives of OSCE participating States gathered in Berlin to explore challenges related to manifestations of anti-Semitism in the OSCE region at a conference hosted by the German Government.

Ten years after the Berlin Declaration, it is time to take stock of how these commitments have been implemented and to review them in light of new challenges. To this end, a high-level commemorative event will be convened which, in addition to assessing what has been achieved, will also provide OSCE participating States with an opportunity to commit themselves to addressing today’s challenges related to anti-Semitism in line with human rights and fundamental freedoms. In line with its mandate to assist participating States in the implementation of their human dimension commitments, the ODIHR has undertaken to develop the OSCE/ODIHR Guidelines on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders.

The event will gather high-level government representatives and political leaders for facilitated conversations about challenges and good practices in countering anti-Semitism. It will also provide civil society organizations and representatives of the younger generation with an opportunity to develop and present recommendations to OSCE participating States.

29 Oct

Prosecutors and Hate Crime Training (PAHCT) in Greece

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 09:00 to Friday, October 31, 2014 - 17:00
Where: Thessaloniki, Greece
Organizer: ODIHR, National School of Judges

Two workshops for prosecutors, part of ODIHR's efforts to build the capacity of participating States’ criminal justice systems in addressing hate crime. This is the first step in the implementation of the PAHCT programme by Greek authorities

13 Oct

Seminar on Hate Crimes against People with Disabilities in Croatia

When: Monday, October 13, 2014 - 09:00 to Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 17:00
Where: Zagreb, Croatia
Organizer: ODIHR, European Network for Independent Living and Office of the Ombudsperson for Croatia

The seminar will offer a forum for disabled people, government officials, political representatives and law enforcement practitioners to learn about the prevalence, impact and challenges of disability hate crime in Croatia, and to identify good practices and ways forward to effectively respond to it.

01 Oct

Engaging civil society to address anti-Semitism in the OSCE region

When: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 08:30 to 09:30
Where: Warsaw, Sofitel, Opera Room
Organizer: The 2014 Swiss Chairmanship of the OSCE, the German Federal Foreigh Office and ODIHR

A consultative breakfast about the forthcoming high-level commemorative event marking the 10th anniversary of the OSCE’s Berlin Conference on Anti-Semitism.

Speakers:

Rabbi Andrew Baker, Personal Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Anti-Semitism
Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE/ODIHR
Odile Robert, Human Dimension Officer, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Susanne Lada’a, Desk Officer, OSCE Division, Federal Foreign Office, Germany
Mike Whine, Civil Society Steering Committee

30 Sep

Hate Crimes against Women of African and Muslim Descent

When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 13:00 to 15:00
Where: Warsaw, Sofitel, Meeting Room 3
Organizer: ODIHR Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department

There is a scarcity of reliable information and data on the extent of bias-motivated violence targeting women from minority communities, in particular Muslim women and women of African descent. In spring 2014, ODIHR organized two focus groups with representatives from these communities to identify types of incidents experienced by these groups and assess the impact of discrimination, bias and stereotypes on their lives. During the events, few reports on the extent of bias-motivated violence targeting women were presented. The purpose of this event is to give the opportunity to civil society organizations to present their findings and generate a discussion on how gender-sensitive responses can be created when addressing bias-motivated violence.

30 Sep

Wake up call: Sharing findings from 2013 and introducing the new Hate Crime Reporting website

When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 08:15 to 09:30
Where: Warsaw, Sofitel, Opera Room
Organizer: ODIHR Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department

This one-hour breakfast session will provide participants with the opportunity to explore ODIHR’s brand new hate crime reporting website and give comments and feedback on 2013 data. Two new ODIHR publications will also be shared: Prosecuting Hate Crimes: a practical guide and Hate Crime Data Collection and Monitoring: a practical guide.

 

22 Sep

Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

When: Monday, September 22, 2014 - 09:00 to Friday, October 3, 2014 - 17:00
Where: Warsaw, Poland
Organizer: ODIHR

ODIHR organizes an annual meeting in Warsaw to review the implementation of a broad range of OSCE human dimension commitments, including in the areas of human rights and fundamental freedoms, elections, the promotion of tolerance, use of the death penalty, and the rights of national minorities.

The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) lasts 10 working days and is attended by representatives of OSCE participating States, NGOs, and international organizations and institutions.

20 Aug

OSCE Missions' Hate Crime Training

When: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 09:00 to Friday, August 22, 2014 - 17:00
Where: Warsaw, Poland
Organizer: ODIHR

Hate Crime Training for OSCE missions personnel. More details to come.

23 Jul

Training Against Hate Crimes for Law Enforcement (TAHCLE) – Training of trainers

When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:00 to Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 17:00
Where: ODIHR, Warsaw, Poland
Organizer: ODIHR

ODIHR is expanding its core group of international trainers due to the increasing demand of OSCE participating States to implement TAHCLE. With the help of the Association of European Police Colleges (AEPC), ODIHR identified 20 highly experienced trainers and police officers from 13 countries who will be provided with knowledge about hate crime, hate crime legislation and strategies for investigation and response, as well as skill for training cadets and police officers.