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Register now for the Facing all the Facts conference on December 11th 2018 in Brussels


Registration is open for the Facing all the Facts multimedia conference for a collaborative approach to tackling hate crime and hate speech. For national government representatives, law enforcement, civil society and international organisations – All who are concerned with better responses to hate crime and hate speech

WHEN: December 11th 2018

WHERE: Brussels @ Microsoft Centre Brussels

FOR WHOM: For national government representatives, law enforcement, civil society and international organisations –  All who are concerned with better responses to hate crime and hate speech


  • Results of transnational research on gaps and opportunities to improve national hate crime recording systems, focus on Italy, Hungary, Greece, Spain, Ireland and United Kingdom.
  • Launching of multiple new Facing Facts Online e-learning modules for police and civil society, available for preview in the exhibition space.
  • Demonstration of Photographic, Musical and Theatrical approaches to educating about hate crime
  • Frank and productive discussions that help us all to move ahead in this field that is quickly evolving



9:00 – 9:30 Welcome coffee and circulation in exhibition space 
Including photography exhibition, video testimonies, and demo stations for online courses

09:30 – 09:50 Welcome Remarks 

  • Welcome note by Microsoft by John Frank, Vice President of Government Affairs
  • Welcome and introduction to the Conference and the project – Opening remarks by Robin Sclafani, CEJI Director
  • We all have a role to play – Introductory remarks by Tiina Astola, Director General DG Justice

9:50 – 11:00 Plenary – Connecting on Hate Crime Data
Results of the Facing all the Facts Connecting on Hate Crime: research on the gaps and opportunities in hate crime recording systems – Senior Policy Researcher Joanna Perry with national partners from Hungary, Italy and UK.

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break in Exhibition Space

11:30 – 13:00 Parallel Workshops

  1. Systems: Understanding national hate crime recording system with NPCC (National Police Chiefs Council) UK and EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA)
  2. Training: Awareness, Appreciation and Implementation – How training can contribute to better implementation of hate crime policies with ODIHR and CEJI
  3. Intersectionality: Working across the bias motivations with ENAR – European Network Against Racism,  TGEU -Transgender Europe, ENIL – European Network on Independent Living, CST UK and ENAR Ireland, CCIB – Le Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en Belgique, ERIO – European Roma Information Office
  4. Hate Speech: Getting ahead of the haters: next steps for tackling hate speech online with INACH – International Network on Cyberhate, Factmata, NHSM – No Hate Speech Movement Italy and CEJI

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch in Exhibition Space

14:00 – 15:15 Interactive Plenary on Models of Cooperation – Gains and Pitfalls

  • Amongst national authorities (police, prosecution, judiciary, equality bodies, ministries)
  • Between national authorities and civil society organisations
  • Amongst civil society organisations
  • With IGOs and Internet companies

15:15- 15:45 Coffee Break in Exhibition space

15:45 – 17:50 Closing Plenary – The Problem of Hate: social media as a resource for prevention

Musical introduction “Zarbdar” by Shervin Najafian

  • Productive responses to hate online – Civil society leading the way with Dr. Cathy Buerger from the Dangerous Speech Project
  • Hot spot identification and public order with Paul Gianassi from the UK National Police Chiefs Council
  • Mapping online hate speech with Jacob Davey from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue
  • Identifying and off-ramping individuals vulnerable to violent extremism with Alexa Hassan from Moonshot CVE
  • Social Media as an indicator for educational priorities with Franck Aubrey from DILCRAH
  • Influencing Culture(s) YouTube Creator for Change Jazza John

Conclusions from the Day 

17:50 – 18:00 Closing Remarks by Baron Aiain Philippson, CEJI’s chairperson

18:00 – 18:30 Networking cocktail in Exhibition Space

18:30 – 19:30 Theatre Showcase: MATT
On the 20th anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shephard in a homophobic hate crime, professional actors together with students from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London will perform a reading which honours the life of Matthew and the impact of his death on those close to him.

Advance registration is required. Space is limited.



Facing all the Facts is co-funded by the RIGHTS, EQUALITY AND CITIZENSHIP PROGRAMME (2014-2020) of the European Union