The Council of Europe Office in Georgia organized a webinar on hate crime data analysis for partner institutions to discuss the data analysis methodology and best examples of cooperation between government institutions, civil society and researchers. Along with guest speakers and international experts in this field, the webinar also addressed the contribution that research can make to the analysis and understanding of police and criminal justice data on hate crime for policy and practice development. Experts shared the example of other European countries on how data collected by NGOs can be complementary to data collected by institutions, and such official data can be shared with NGOs and communities in order to improve the knowledge of responses from public authorities and help strengthen these essential relationships.
The webinar brought together representatives from the Home Office, the Attorney General’s Office, the Court, universities and the Coalition for Equality.
This is one of a series of activities aimed at improving the methodology of data collection and its analysis. Since September 2018, the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, in the framework of the co-operation project “Combating discrimination, hate crimes and hate speech in Georgia”, helps stakeholders to improve the methodology of data collection on hate crimes. Following an inclusive process, recommendations regarding the new data collection methodology, specific guidelines and models for data collection on hate crimes, discrimination and hate speech in line with the recommendations of the ECRI and current needs have been developed. In 2020, the memorandum of cooperation on the collection of data on hate crimes was signed between the Supreme Court, the Attorney General’s Office, the Interior Ministry and the Georgian State Statistics Office. The working method to improve data collection on hate crimes involved interested state and non-state actors who contributed to the process.
This process is supported by the Council of Europe Co-operation Project “Combating discrimination, hate crime and hate speech in Georgia”. The project is implemented under the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia 2020-2023 with the support of the Danish Neighborhood Program in Georgia (DANEP).