European Conference

Royal Belgian Library


Building on the success of the past four years, Facing Facts! is happy to announce its new phase: Facing Facts Forward! This new phase will include, among the other things, a European Conference in Brussels on the subject of recording and reporting of hate crimes. Following on from the advocacy successes of recent years, Facing Facts Forward! will continue to facilitate and strengthen the cooperation between governments, law enforcement, prosecutors, civil society organisations and international organisations to tackle hate crimes. The conference also aims to identify practical steps and infrastructures that such organisations can implement to foster and stimulate long lasting partnerships towards establishing good quality national monitoring systems according to international standards and to encourage victims to report.

Conference Methodology

The conference will be professionally facilitated with highly participatory methods which will help all participants to identify practical strategies for institutional change, thereby mutually reinforcing our various efforts. Representatives of governments, law enforcement, prosecution services, civil society and international organisations will be challenged to take realistic steps to produce short and long term results. CEJI’s facilitation competences will guarantee a safe space for all to cooperate in a constructive way, enabling participants to actively engage with the topic.

Organisers & Agenda

>> Download the Facing Facts Forward! Conference Agenda (PDF) The Facing Facts Forward! conference is organised by CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe in cooperation with the Facing Facts! Network of Civil Society Organisations, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the CoE European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).

How to Participate

If you are interested in being a part of this new initiative, please complete the Online Application Form by 6 February 2015. The application will ask for a variety of details concerning your background and your organisation.

Please note that places are limited! It is best to turn in your application as early as possible before the final deadline of 6 February 2015.

Confirmation of acceptance will be sent to suitable applicants within two days following registration. For further information you can contact:

Conference Participation Costs

Participants are expected to arrive on time for the conference opening on 3 March at 10:30 am. and stay until the end on 4 March at 4.30pm. For those travelling from abroad, we will cover up to two nights in hotel if necessary due to your travel schedule. Please note that you must cover your travel costs to Brussels. If this is an impediment for your participation please contact

We have a limited number of sponsorship to partially contribute to the travel costs of those who cannot entirely afford the costs of the ticket. We encourage participants to find alternative sources of funding to cover their travel costs. The hotel is in walking distance from the conference venue. Local travel costs will remain the responsibility of the participant.

We look forward to seeing you there and to making a positive, sustainable impact in the battle against hate crime!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (All day) to Wednesday, March 4, 2015 (All day)


Facing all the Facts! is co-ordinated by CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe.

For more information about any aspect of the project please contact CEJI's Community Affair Coordinator Melissa Sonnino


European Commission
Open Society Foundations