Civil society’s role in addressing hate crime focus of OSCE/ODIHR training from 19 to 22 May 2017 in Istanbul


The International Training Session on Combating Hate Crimes organized by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE (ODIHR), the European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion (Emisco) and the Municipality of Tuzla in Istanbul ended after three days of intensive workshops and exchanges.

45 NGO representatives from 12 different countries participated in these event supported by the Center for Cross-Cultural Communication (KIM) and ThinkOut. The hands-on workshops and exercises including the sharing of personal experiences were the preliminary and preparatory step for better interaction with intergovernmental organizations in close future.

The communication network, known as the “Tuzla Interaction Group against Hate Crimes – TIG”, which will be constituted by the participants of the Training, aims to create a barometer in the field of hate crimes, Islamophobia, violations of Human Rights and fundamental rights in Turkey and Europe. One of the most important achievements of the workshop will be the establishment of a Hate Crime Monitoring Center in Tuzla.

The professionalism of the municipality of Tuzla, which allowed the setting up of an ideal working environment, was appreciated both by the representatives of ODIHR, Council of Europe and Emisco. Preliminary studies have begun for the implementation of a similar project in another European country.