Hate crime and hate speech are directly connected. Both have a huge impact on the victims: words are weapons for the minority groups and migrants hit by hate speech online. The Prism project aims at developing effective strategies and practices for promoting a better use of language, in order to promote a culture of respect and the consequences of hate speech.
Implemented in five partner countries (Italy, France, Spain, Romania and UK), the project is based on an interdisciplinary strategy. It combines research, best practices and training activities addressed to law enforcement officers, lawyers, journalists, bloggers, social networks’ administrators, young people, teachers and youth workers.
The ambitious objectives of the project are:
• to raise awareness on hate speech with national and European studies,
• to identify, investigate and fight hate speech and hate crimes through mapping the incidence of hate speech in websites and social media,
• to monitor online hate speech through a constant data collection on the phenomenon,
• to develop effective tools, as national legislation, and redressing mechanisms for contrasting online discrimination, hostility and violence.
The project can count on a qualified and diversified partnership including research institutions (University of Barcelona, Institute for International Legal Studies of the Italian Research Council, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, Cittalia), civil society organisations (Arci, La Ligue de l’enseignement, SOS Racismo Gipuzkoa, ROTA, Fundatia Dezvoltarea Popoarelor, Carta di Roma) and an Equality Body (UNAR).
The partner involved in the project are:
ARCI (Italy) Lead partner
ARCI is an Italian association founded in 1957. It has a network composed by more than 500 social clubs, counting over 1,1 million members. Through its activities, ARCI contributes to the promotion of active citizens participation to the social and democratic life in the country. ARCI supports initiatives to promote citizenship rights and fight against every form of exclusion and discrimination.
La Ligue de l’enseignement (France)
Founded in 1866, la Ligue de l’enseignement is a French organisation of non-formal education. It gathers 25,000 associations in 102 local and 22 regional federations with the common aims of training responsible citizens, fighting against all inequalities and building a fairer and more independent society. In order to guarantee access to education for everyone and promote a humanist society, solidarity among citizens and active citizenship, La Ligue defends free access to education, culture, recreation and sports.
Race on the Agenda-ROTA (Great Britain)
ROTA is a social action organization founded 30 years ago with aim of working to eliminate racial inequality across London and UK. It works with communities and voluntary organizations that support a range of ethnic different communities, contributing to increase their civic engagement and participation in society
The Office for the promotion of equal treatment and the removal of discrimination based on racial or ethnic origin (UNAR) is operating since 2004 with the purpose of contrast every form of racial and ethnic discrimination. As part of the Italian Prime Minister Office, UNAR monitors the different impact that discriminations have on gender and their relationship with other forms of racism of cultural and religious.
The Institute of International Legal Studies (ISGI) is the scientific body of the National Research Council (CNR) since 2011. It conducts research, training and consulting in the high field of international law. The scientific activity of the Institute concerns the areas of specific relevance of international law: the right of the international organization, the right of integration and the related processes of unification of law.
Cittalia is the research Foundation of the Italian Association of Municipalities (ANCI) and since 2008 focuses its activities on welfare, social inclusion, local governance, public and urban policies. Cittalia supports Italian cities and local communities to face the challenges posed by social and economic changes. The objective is to develop effective public policies and to improve the action of Italian cities and municipalities.
Carta di Roma (Italy)
Carta di Roma Association has been founded in December 2011 by the Italian National Press Federation and the Italian Council of Journalists to promote the implementation of the code of conduct concerning migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and victims of human trafficking. The association works to become a stable reference point for all the media workers who work on immigration issues. A constant training for journalists and media makers, organizations and institutions category, associations and activists.
Fundatia Dezvoltarea Popoarelor-FDP (Romania)
Fundatia Dezvoltarea Popoarelor was founded in 1994 and aims at protecting marginalized children and youth. Its mission is to offer social, educational and professional integration opportunities to persons living social risk situations. The promotion of sustainable employment and the development of social economy initiatives are some of its most relevant objectives.
SOS Racismo Gipuzkoa (Spain)
SOS Racismo de Gipuzkoa was formally founded in 1993 with the aim of fighting every form of discrimination and segregation based on skin color, ethnicity or cultural background. It is a social movement for the promotion of equal rights contrasting at national level every stereotype and racism against minority groups.
UNICRI (International organization)
UNICRI is a United Nations entity established in 1967 to support countries worldwide in preventing crime and facilitating criminal justice. Crime is a common concern both for governments and citizens across the globe. As crime becomes increasingly internationalized, new forms of crime emerge, and organized crime spreads, national responses and international cooperation are required in the fields of crime prevention and criminal justice. UNICRI supports governments and the international community at large in tackling criminal threats to social peace, development and political stability.
Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)
Within the University of Barcelona, the European Social Research Unit (ESRU) is dedicated to developing applied and academic social research in the areas of social identity, vulnerability, and resilience, focusing on gender, age (young people) and migration studies, at a comparative transnational level. The research adopts an essentially ethnographic approach, reconciling the in-depth conceptual debate with a pragmatic analytical framework. It has an international reputation for research work and a sound network of institutional partners.