Strengthening access to justice for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speech 

Who will benefit from this project?

  • General public and in particular victims of discrimination, hate speech and hate crime, will benefit from better protection of their rights through non-judicial redress mechanisms
  • Equality bodies and/or Ombudspersons’ Offices
  • Civil society organisations working with/representing vulnerable communities
  • Ministries of Justice, Ministries of Interior, Judiciary and law enforcement agencies


How will the project work?

  • In close co-operation with the national partners
  • Through regional activities and networking to support peer learning from good practices
  • Applying a tailor-made approach to meet the concrete needs of the country
  • Building on the results of co-operation in the field of anti-discrimination under PGG Phase I (2015-2018)
  • To improve access to justice for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speech through non-judicial redress mechanisms
  • To strengthen the capacity and co-operation of Equality bodies/ Ombudsoffices with NGO partners on redress mechanisms to discrimination, hate speech and hate crime
  • To raise awareness towards non-discrimination and to increase the visibility of national redress mechanisms 
Project factsheet

Strengthening the access to justice through non-judiciary redress mechanisms for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speech in Eastern Partnership countries



Expected results
  • The legislation on anti-discrimination, hate crime and hate speech is improved and implemented more effectively in line with European human rights standards
  • Procedures and tools for disaggregated data gathering on hate crime are further strengthened
  • The capacity of Equality bodies/ Ombudspersons’ Offices and NGOs to assist men and women from vulnerable groups in pursuing discrimination complaints through relevant non-judicial redress mechanisms is increased
  • Awareness of the work of ‘equality bodies’ / Ombudspersons’ Office and non-judicial redress mechanisms is increased among women and men from vulnerable communities, general public, and NGOs
  • National stakeholders have the competences and readiness to combat hate speech in a coordinated manner
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project at a glance

Duration: 1 January 2019 - 28 February 2023

Funding: European Union and Council of Europe

Budget: 1,914,000.00 Euros

Implemented by: Council of Europe’s Anti-Discrimination Department (Directorate General  of Democracy).

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