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Pro Igual Resumes Surveying Hate Crimes in Spain

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Pro Igual resumes its initiative to survey individual experiences with hate crime in Spain. If you were a victim or witness of a hate crime, or know someone who was, please help us monitor the scope of the phenomenon by taking part in our online survey on hate crimes in Spain, and sharing the link among your contacts and networks. The 2019 survey is available in Spanish. All responses are strictly confidential. Thank you for your help!

Deal or no deal: the rights that will be lost with Brexit

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By Claudia Delpero in collaboration with Anthony Valcke, Founder and Supervising Solicitor of the EU Rights Clinic of which Pro Igual is a member. © All rights reserved. Available on: https://europestreet.news/deal-or-no-deal-the-rights-that-will-be-lost-with-brexit/

Deal or no deal? That is the question. Despite the promise that nothing will change for them, both EU nationals living in the UK and British residents in the rest of the EU are to lose out from Brexit. The situation could even be worsened if there is no agreement on the terms of the UK’s departure from the European Union. The failure of talks at the EU summit in Salzburg this week did not offer assurances in this regard, leaving people whose status depends on EU treaties in a troubling state of uncertainty.

This is an overview of what can happen to the rights of 3.7 million EU citizens who are living in the UK and 1.2 million British citizens who are living in another EU country after Brexit. As inconceivable as it was before the EU referendum, the overview shows the rights preserved and lost under the draft “deal” published in March and in the event of “no deal”.

In short, the right to family reunion, the ability to exercise professional activities across countries and to participate in political life, will be weakened under the draft withdrawal agreement. But in the case of “no deal”, there will be even heavier consequences in terms of potential loss of acquired pension rights, free or subsidised healthcare when travelling and ability to provide services across borders. Read more…

New social media campaign for European Day of Victims of Crime

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Victim Support Europe (VSE) is preparing to launch a social media campaign in recognition of European Day For Victims of Crime with the overall aim – to make victims’ legal rights a reality on practice. The action seeks to improve the access to victim support services in member states and to encourage victims to reach out the support services. The “Make Victims’ Legal Rights a Reality” campaign is expected to launch on February 12 and will continue till February 22: European Day For Victims of Crime. Read more…

Child without a name

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Hanna is five years old. She drew this picture of the happy family she wishes for.

Her mother named her Hanna but her name is nowhere officially recognised; to the German authorities, she is a nameless child. She was born in Cologne, and has always lived there. She knows no other country than Germany but has been considered an undocumented migrant all her life. To read Hanna’s full story, click here.

Hanna’s story is part of PICUM’s series of testimonies and stories of undocumented children and youth. PICUM, in which Pro Igual participates, regularly publishes stories and quotes in written form or through multimedia in the run-up to Universal Children’s day in November. The series aims to give a voice to children and young people as well as to their parents, caregivers and supporting organisations to show the realities undocumented children and youth face across Europe. Testimonies are available in English, French and Spanish and can also be shared through social media. #ShareYourStory

Progress for victims of #hatecrimes in Spain!

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We are pleased and proud to inform that after over two+ years of relentless advocacy by Pro Igual´s team, the Valencia police signed a formal agreement with the OSCE to start police training on hate crimes within the TACHLE program.

We believe this will be a major step towards practical implementation of rights of victims of #hatecrimes, who overwhelmingly tend to be from the most vulnerable groups: minorities, immigrants, undocumented persons, and so forth.

We also hope this pilot will be replicated across Spain and will continue working towards this goal.

New Guide and Toolkit on How to Use the EU Victims’ Directive

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By November 16, 2015 all EU member states (except Denmark) have to implement the EU Victims’ Directive (Directive 2012/29/EU) establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, irrespective of their residence status. PICUM in which Pro Igual participates has published a Guide to the EU Victims’ Directive with resources for members and partners, to inform and to inspire action to advance the rights of undocumented victims of crime. Read more…

Decalogue of Principles for Police Training on Combatting Hate Crimes: Victims First!

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Hate crimes against ethnic minorities and undocumented foreigners have been one of the main issues of concern in Spain of the past decade. PRO IGUAL has developed the following set of recommendations to the police on detection and prevention of hate crimes in Spain. It is our hope that these recommendations may also be relevant for other countries facing similar problems as Spain.

1. Set up a hate crimes hotline.

There should be a national FREE hotline for hate crimes victims, similar to the hotline number for victims of gender violence in Spain (016). Alternatively, regional or local hotlines can be considered.

2. Do not ask victims for ID.

Some hate crimes victims are targeted because they are not, or perceived not to be, natives in that country. Some of the victims may be in an irregular administrative situation, punishable by law in Spain. For meaningful protection against hate crimes, it is important that such victims are not penalised even if they do not have appropriate documentation. International best practices of state support for victims of human trafficking may provide inspiration.

3. Have victim info readily available.

Ideally, hate crime victims should be aware of the protection mechanisms even before walking into the police station, via public information campaign. In each police station, there should be a visible poster with steps to take in case of hate-related attack and victim´s rights and/or brochures that victims can take with them.

4. Have a non-uniformed contact point.

The police uniform may have a deterrent effect on the victim. Each police station should have a non-uniformed staff member available to interview the victim and take their testimony, or be ready to have one of the officers to change out of uniform to that end.

5. Speak their language.

Some victims may not be fluent in the language. If there is nobody accompanying the victim or able to translate, it would be desirable to have a list/shared database of interpreters available for this task. If physical presence of the interpreter is impossible, at least telephone translation should be arranged.

6. Cooperate with medics.

Some victims of violent hate crime may not go police but to doctors instead. The local police should establish cooperation with local hospitals and health professionals so that the latter are able to detect hate crimes and are in a position to advise victims about how to report such crimes.

7. Public must know.

It is essential to inform not only victims but also general public, who should be aware about the phenomenon of hate crimes and the methods to report it. General public may be an additional resource for reporting such crimes and assisting the victims. Posters, TV and radio ads, and other publicity material must be developed to appeal to the public.

8. NGOs are partners.

Civil society organisations working in the field of monitoring hate crimes and/or victim assistance are an invaluable resource for the police providing an effective and cost-efficient resource in detecting, prosecuting and preventing hate crimes. Responsible police authorities should make every effort to contact and seek cooperation of such organisations.

9. An ounce of prevention.

Prevention of hate crimes by researching and targeting potential perpetrators can save many human and material resources entailed in subsequent prosecuting of hate crimes, repairing material damages and caring for victims. Some of the police resources currently used for preventing terrorism and/or ordinary crime (and often misused for racial profiling) should be re-directed for detecting and preventing hate crimes, specifically by conducting reconnaissance among known extremist right-wing and other hate groups.

10. Reach out to other hate crime victims.

When all the essential steps are taken to assist the victim of the case in hand, invite them to share support information with others, who may be in a similar distress but afraid to report hate crimes. Similarly to the electronic reporting mechanism for other crimes, the online resource for reporting hate crimes should be established and publicised.

European Action Day for the Victims of Hate Crimes

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The No Hate Speech Movement, in which Pro Igual participates, invites you to join the online and offline actions to commemorate the European Day for the Victims of Hate Crime on July 22. To remind, support and show solidarity with all those people that have suffered aggression because of their skin color, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, religion and many other characteristics. We will also educate and raise awareness about the consequences of hate speech and hate crime on our societies!

WHAT TO DO?

1. Organise a public action or an educational activity for 22nd July. Here is a guide of what you can do and how. Please post information to this Facebook event about your action!

Don’t forget to REPORT your action with photos and videos on the No Hate Speech Movement platform: http://www.nohatespeechmovement.org/join-the-movement

2. We are launching a petition to establish 22 July as the European Day for the Victims of Hate Crime. It will be ‘live’ only until 9 November, so get busy helping to achieve this task! The petition addresses all the members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the members of the European Parliament! http://blog.nohatespeechmovement.org/petition/

SIGN it! Get your organisation to sign it! Inform others about it!
Write to your representative/s in these European bodies on July 22nd and ask her/him/zee to sign it and support it publicly!
Here’s where you can find their contacts details:
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: http://assembly.coe.int/ASP/AssemblyList/AL_DelegationsList_E.asp
European Parliament: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/map.html

3. Do you know of a case of hate crime? It is important not to be silent about it. Submit a story to action@nohatespeechmovement.org and on July 22nd we will feature it on the No Hate Speech Movement Platform. Please make sure to send us photos, if possible.

4. Have you witnessed hate speech that incites violence online? Then report it on Hate Speech Watch here: http://www.nohatespeechmovement.org/hate-speech-watch

5. Take action online! Join this event on Facebook! ‘Like’ the Facebook page of the Movement! Invite your friends to do the same!

Share and post the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nohatespeech?fref=ts

Find out more and participate!
www.nohatespeechmovement.org
www.facebook.com/groups/combatinghatespeech
@nohate_speech #nohatespeech

What to do if you are a victim of discrimination in Spain?

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Have you ever been discriminated in Spain? If so, do you know what to do in order to defend yourself?

Pro Igual´s Anti-Discrimination Crisis Cards might help. They are available in Spanish, English and Romanian.

Watch this space for updates and do not hesitate writing to us with questions or for help: infoATproigual.org

Spain´s Shame: CIEs, Prisons for Migrants

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Centros de Internamiento de Extranjeros (CIEs) are detention centers for migrants in an irregular administrative situation. While in detention, inmates are frequently subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment. Numerous civil society organizations and activists uncovered and documented systematic and gross violations of inmates´ most fundamental human rights. CIEs have become a true shame of modern Spain.

 

Pro Igual materials

Hunger strike of CIE inmates in Barcelona: Will the Government reverse its anti-immigrant policies?

Time to close prisons for migrants

Can a democratic state´s institution be responsible for encouraging hate crimes?

 

Official documents

Boletín Oficial de Estado por el que se aprueba el cierre del Centro de Internamiento de Málaga. Enero 2013.

Mapa de Centros de internamiento de Extranjeros. Migreurope. Diciembre 2012.

Trabajo Fin de Grado de Trabajo Social. “Los Centros de Internamiento de Extranjeros” Un anacronismo en la sociedad actual. Silvia Martinez Ruiz. Julio 2012.

Anteproyecto de Real Decreto por el que se aprueba el Reglamento de funcionamiento y régimen interior de los Centros de Estancia Controlada de Extranjeros. Mayo 2012.

Acuerdo de los juzgados de Vigilancia del CIE de Madrid . Sobre la obligación de informar a los/as internos/as del momento y lugar de los vuelos, así como la posibilidad de organizar su regreso. Febrero 2012.

Auto Juzgado nº6 en funciones de control jurisdiccional del CIE de Madrid. Sobre condiciones y servicio médico. Diciembre 2011.

Acuerdo Jueces sobre acceso al baño en el CIE. Noviembre 2011.

Perfiles Raciales y Control de La migración en España Elaborado por Amnistía Internacional. Contiene un pequeño apartado sobre CIEs. 2011.

Acuerdos de readmisión firmados por españa con distintos países. Listado realizado por Migreurope. Actualizado Diciembre 2011.

Dictamen presentado ante el Comité para la Eliminación de la Discriminacion Racial sobre los Centros de Internamiento de Extranjeros por la Asociación Española para el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos. febrero 2011.

Estancia Regular: ¿Multa o Expulsión?. Elaborada por ICAM y pueblos unidos.2011.

Directiva de Retorno de La Unión Europea. Para conocer cambios respecto al internamiento en Europa (18 meses, etc. )2008:

La vida en la frontera. Internamiento y expulsiones. Capítulo del libro Frontera Sur. 2008.

ORDEN de 22 de febrero de 1999 sobre normas de funcionamiento y régimen interior de los centros de internamiento de extranjeros. Orden Ministerial con la que se crean y regulan los CIEs. 1999.

 

Other useful resources

Cárceles racistas blog es una iniciativa de SOS Racismo Madrid, Comisión CIE de Ferrocarril Clandestino y Masticable y tiene como principal objetivo recoger los testimonios de personas que han pasado por los CIEs así como de sus familiares y amistades.

¿Cuál es el delito? Informe de la Campaña por el cierre de los Centros de Internamiento de Extranjeros: Caso Zapadores. Campaña por el cierre de los CIE. Marzo 2013.

Atrapados tras las rejas: Informe CIEs 2012. Centro Pueblos Unidos. Abril 2013

Informe 2012, un año en el CIE de Algeciras APDHA. Diciembre 2012

La protección de los derechos de las personas migrantes en Europa: España. Organizaciones de Migreurop en España para la comisión de derechos humanos del consejo de Europa. Noviembre 2012.

Mujeres en los Centros de Internamiento de Extranjeros (CIE) Realidades entre rejas. Women´s link worldwide. Mayo 2012

Observaciones al documento de trabajo previo al antreproyecto de Real Decreto para el Reglamento de funcionamiento y regulación interna de los CIE. Redactado conjunto de varias organizaciones que vienen trabajando en los CIE sobre cuestiones concernientes al anteproyecto de reglamento. Abril 2012.

Mirada tras las rejas. Informe de Pueblos Unidos sobre el CIE de Aluche. Diciembre 2011.

CIE, Derechos Vulnerados‘ . Informe de Migreurop basado en visitas realizadas por organizaciones pertenecientes a esta red a cuatro centros de internamiento ubicados en territorio del Estado Español. Diciembre 2011.

Informe sobre derechos y libertades de las personas Internadas en los centros de Internamiento de Extranjeros. Comissió d’Estrangeria Il·lustre Col·legi d’Advocats de Barcelona. Septiembre 2011.

La autorización judicial de internamiento de extranjeros. Injusticias. Ferrocarril Clandestino. Enero 2011.

100 ventanas a 5000 vidas truncadas. Informe de Pueblos Unidos sobre el CIE de Aluche. Información obtenida a través del trabajo de visitas que esta organización realiza en el CIE de Aluche. 2010.

Para quien quiera oir. Voces desde y contra el CIE de Aluche: Informe sobre el Centro de Internamiento de Aluche basado en testimonios de personas internas y familias. Realizado por Ferrocarril Clandestino, SOS racismo y Médicos del mundo. 2009.

Situación de los Centros de Internamiento para extranjeros en España, Conversaciones junto al Muro. Informe en el que se analiza la situación de los Centros de Madrid, Málaga y Valencia a través de visitas a los mismos y entrevistas tanto a internos como a personal. Realizado porla Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado en el marco del estudio europeo DEVAS. 2009.

Análisis del Régimen Jurídico del Internamiento de Extranjeros. Para que el Derecho no se detenga a la puerta de los CIE. Este grupo trabaja en los límites entre la extranjería y el sistema penal. El informe analiza desde un punto de vista meramente jurídico y en profundidad la situación del internamiento. Realizado por el grupo Inmigrapenal. 2009.

El Internamiento de Extranjeros. Propuestas y razones para su modificación. Son posibles enmiendas al articulado del proyecto de ley de extranjería, realizado antes de su modificación. Enfoque jurídico realizado por Inmigrapenal. 2009.

Centros de Retención e internamiento en España. Información contenida en menos de 20 páginas que da una visión general de este tipo de centros en España. Asociación pro derechos humanos de Andalucía (APDHA). 2008.

Informe del defensor del pueblo en el que hace referencia a los centros de internamiento.2008.

Centros de Internamiento. Cárceles encubiertas. visión general, y especial mención al CIE de Málaga.2008.

Informe parlamento europeo sobre la situación de los Centros de Internamiento en 25 países de Europa. 2007. Idioma inglés.

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