Addressing Disability Hate Crime with European Partners

Addressing Disability Hate Crime with European Partners

This article is a brief summary of ENIL’s participation in the project “Facing all the Facts”, implemented in partnership with ‘CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe’. The ENIL team working on the project consists of Jamie Bolling – former Director and current Senior Advisor (Sweden), Miro Griffiths – Researcher and former ENIL Board member (UK), Berit Vegheim – from the ‘Civil Rights Foundation Stopp Diskriminering’ (Norway) and Mari Siilsalu – independent living activist (Estonia). Together with Joanna Perry – an independent hate crime consultant, the team is in the process of developing the bias indicator module on disability, which will be included in the ‘Facing all the Facts on-line course’. The course will be available by the end of 2018.

Since the launch of the project in 2016, ENIL has carried out the following activities:

We have developed the bias indicators on disability for the course module. CEJI has supported the development process by working closely with us, providing templates and guidance on how to adapt contents to the Facing Facts e-learning platform. In particular, ENIL, as the other partners, has been active in the research of case studies to be used for the course.

ENIL and CEJI used the opportunity of the ENIL 2017 Freedom Drive as a time for filming for the course, with the stories of hate crime told by several of our members.  Miro Griffiths led the filming process, which was the first in the series. The interviews are planned to capture the complexity of anti-disability hate crimes. The content for the course will be finalized by January 2018.

We participated in the expert workshop that took place in April this year to identify the learning outcomes, key concepts, information and skills to be addressed in the project. The competence gained from the April meeting became a resource included in the methodological considerations for the modules on anti-Gypsyism, anti-Disability, anti-Muslim and anti-Migrants bias indicators. The project also involves cooperation with governments/law enforcement representatives and organisations such as the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and OSCE/ODIHR.

We have mapped out experts and organisations able to advise and help in the project, and to carry out an accessibility audit of the CEJI course during this first year. A call for experts was disseminated through the ENIL newsletter and through the project’s common networks, several interested organisations were identified. The organisation “anysurfer” was selected and has already carried out the audit on the CEJI platform and on the hate crime course for civil society.

Most recently, a project meeting was held in Dublin on November 2 – 3, 2017, to discuss the work that is to come. Further updates will follow soon.

An overall project finding so far is that disability hate crime is almost invisible, which raises the question on how ENIL can work to change this situation. If you have ideas or interest, please send an email to We hope that with more discussion on disability hate crime, our movement can make a difference.

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