Combatting discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes in Europe

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Lead Partner
Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini Srl SB

2021/AO/61_Framework contract between Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini Srl SB and the Council of Europe for the provision of consultancy services in the area of anti-discrimination, protection of national minorities, hate speech and hate crimes programmes (legislative and policy expertise; capacity building) of the No Hate Speech and Cooperation Unit.

The Council of Europe has selected Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini Srl SB among its Providers for the provision of consultancy services in the area of anti-discrimination, including artificial intelligence and discrimination, protection of national minorities and regional or minority languages, combating hate speech and hate crime programmes (legislative and policy expertise; capacity building) of the No Hate Speech and Cooperation Unit and other Units and Divisions within the Anti-discrimination Department, to be requested by the Council of Europe on an as needed basis, in compliance with its ordering procedures. Projects implemented by the Anti-discrimination Department / No Hate Speech and Cooperation Unit aim at assisting countries by strengthening their capacities to build inclusive societies, with a focus that goes beyond non-discrimination to include a concern for achieving full equality in practice and where diversity, including minorities, is seen as a major value.

To help achieve this the Anti-discrimination Department is supporting Council of Europe’s member states in the area of combatting discrimination, including discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), discrimination by A.I. systems, hate speech and hate crime, as well as fostering integration while protecting national minorities and regional or minority languages. This will be achieved by instruments such as legislative and policy reviews, capacity building and campaigns implemented at various levels, including regional, national, local and grassroots. Among the main beneficiaries of the projects there are public institutions, law enforcement, the judiciary, equality bodies, Ombud offices, line ministries, as well as civil society organisations.

Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini Srl SB will participate to two different Lots: Lot 1 concerns legislative and policy development, while Lot 2 concerns capacity building, training and educational work.

Outputs under Lot 1: Legislative and policy development

  • Conducting analysis of legal acts and their implementation;
  • Reviewing national legislation in view of ensuring that laws and bylaws on anti-discrimination, combating hate crime and hate speech, protection of national minorities and regional or minority languages are aligned with the European standards;
  • Reviewing national reform plans and action plans ;
  • Reviewing national policies, strategies and practice;
  • Reviewing local policies, strategies and practice;
  • Preparing comparative analyses and studies on the requested topics.

Outputs under Lot 2: Capacity building, training and educational work

  • Providing assessment of the functioning of the existing institutional framework;
  • Providing advice on institutional reform and setting up of relevant institutions in the area of anti-discrimination, combating hate crime and hate speech, protection of national minorities and regional or minority languages, including monitoring and data collection;
  • Providing analysis of existing educational framework and administrative procedures;
  • Preparing and revising handbooks, guidelines, strategies and other required documents;
  • Providing training needs assessment and training development;
  • Revising training and teaching curricula, textbooks and teaching standards in view of their compliance with the European standards on anti-discrimination, protection of national minorities and regional or minority languages and recommendations by monitoring bodies;
  • Delivering off-line and on-line trainings (including train-the-trainers) for civil servants, media and civil society representatives, as well as staff of independent Institutions (e.g., equality bodies) and other stakeholders, in accordance with the Council of Europe standards.