On 24/25 November 2012, Tankut Soykan, ODIHR Adviser on Combating Intolerance against Muslims, and Larry Olomofe, ODIHR’s Advisor for Combating Racism and Xenophobia, lead a training session in Berlin for representatives of NGOs and Muslim organisations from Germany, Austria and Switzerland on countering hate crimes against Muslims.
Participants from Germany, Austria and Switzerland
The aim of the training was to raise awareness of the concept of hate crimes and provide information on how to monitor and respond to such incidents, with a view to increasing understanding of the impact of hate crimes on society. Part of the training was to differentiate between what constitutes a hate crime, discrimintion and hate speech.
ODIHR has organized similar workshops on countering hate crimes against Muslims for non-governmental organizations in France, Spain and Bulgaria.