Network to shed light onand effectively as well aspreventively counteract hate crime


Civil society network, to

  • shed light on,
  • and effectively
  • as well as preventively counteract
hate crime.

In the framework of the EU project V-START – Victim Support Through Awareness-Raising and neTworking we, representatives of civil society organisations and initiatives, active in the field of anti-discrimination, victim protection and human rights, had the possibility to network and to unite for form a strengthened lobby for those affected by hate crime.

The network refers to the practice-oriented hate crime definition, formulated by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), which states:

Hate crimes are criminal acts motivated by bias or prejudice towards particular groups of people.

The network critically examined further formulations of the ODIHR definition and agrees, in accordance with Austrian legislation, to recognize hate crime as a criminal offense with a bias motive against one of the groups of persons or targeting members of such groups - actual or attributed – due to their specific belonging to this group referred to in Section 283 of the Criminal Code (CC)). In the understanding of the network, so-called hate crimes are therefore criminal offenses,

against a church or religious denomination or any other group of persons defined by criteria of race, colour of skin, language, religion or ideology, nationality, descent of national or ethnic origin, sex, a disability, age or sexual orientation or a member of such a group, explicitly on account of his/her belonging to such a group.

This network recognizes are of hate speech, insofar as it is a criminal offense under Austrian law, as part of the hate crime phenomenon. In addition, the network recognizes connections and interfaces between the two differentiated phenomena. Hate speech is additionally considered a potential trigger for hate crime .

The network intends to keep an eye on hate crime-related research as well as other definitional projects, but not to be hampered by a lack of detail-focused consensus on a concrete hate crime definition of collaborative, effective and purposeful collaboration. Thus, the focus of this network is to achieve the formulated goals together.

We would like to achieve that

  • support measures for hate crime victims are improved,
  • increasingly measures are taken to effectively counter bias-motivated crimes (increasing visibility, naming the phenomenon, allowing monitoring etc.),
  • the development and expansion of cooperation and exchange between key stakeholders (judiciary, police, political decision-makers, civil society representatives and health system experts),
  • and preventative measures – such as training and awareness-raising campaigns – are taken.

The undersigned affirm their will to

  • contribute to the visibility of the hate crime phenomenon,
  • undertake further networking activities,
  • actively promote the dissemination and enforcement of the recommendations set out in the annex
  • and to, particularly, focus on the problem of 'underreporting' and the lack of intersectoral exchange.
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The association finances itself exclusively through private donations and can therefore act politically independent and flexible. SOS Mitmensch was founded in December 1992 to counter the "anti-foreigner referendum" of the Austrian Freedom’s Party by organising the “Lichtermeer” (sea of lights) on January 23rd 1993.
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is a community of over 150,000 committed people who work together in Austria for a positive togetherness and social, economic and ecological fairness. With the campaign #solidaritystorm, tens of thousands of people have supported those affected by hatred and sexual violence on the internet. Again and again committed people call via #aufstehn on political decision-makers to act against hatred online. On, those affected and interested can come together online to work for more digital moral courage. In addition to tips and tricks, the website also offers the opportunity to network via a Facebook group and to exchange views on the topic.
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