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Practices and initiatives undertaken to combat hate crimes - submitted for the ODIHR's annual Hate Crime Report
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Federal programme "Kompetent für Demokratie – Beratungsnetzwerke gegen Rechtsextremismus" (Competent for democracy - advisory networks for combating right-wing extremism).

Country: Germany
Category: Education/prevention/awareness-raising initiatives

Initiator: Federal Government (Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth)
Level of implementation: National

Summary: To supplement the programme "VIELFALT TUT GUT" (EMBRACING DIVERSITY), the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth launched another federal programme "Kompetent. für Demokratie – Beratungsnetzwerke gegen Rechtsextremismus" (Competent for democracy – advisory networks for combating right-wing extremism). This programme ..... focuses on event-based intervention against right-wing extremism. The Federal Länder are setting up nationwide advisory networks that put together mobile intervention teams in acutely threatening situations that have a right-wing extremist, xenophobic or anti-Semitic background. These teams provide immediate and professional advice on the spot. Promotion of the nationwide establishment of advisory networks and mobile intervention teams began in eastern Germany and Berlin in 2007 and was gradually expanded to western Germany. EUR 5 million is earmarked in the federal budget for this programme each year.

Impact: Promotion of nationwide consulting networks

Website: http:/​/​www.kompetent​-fuer​-demokratie.de (English)

Submitted for the 2008 Hate Crime Report

International Network against Hate Crime

Country: Germany
Category: European networking ; Addressing incitement of hatred on the internet

Initiator: UK: London Probation Service; Germany: Nordverbund, Uni Bremen, Federal Agency for Civic Education.
Level of implementation: International

Summary: Series of conferences and exchange platform for European experts in the field social education for offenders in the area of hate crime. Implemented internationally (UK, DE, NL).

Impact: Scientific exchange between experts


Submitted for the 2008 Hate Crime Report

Online advice against right-wing extremism

Country: Germany
Category: Addressing incitement of hatred on the internet ; Victim support

Initiator: Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie" e.V. (Association "Against Oblivion – For Democracy"), Federal Agency for Civic Education
Level of implementation: National

Summary: Advice is provided to individual, suitable groups and experts are brought together in a bid to find suitable solutions to problems. A pool of knowledge on right-wing extremism is created.

Impact: Individuals, groups and institutions can seek advice if they encounter problems with right-wing extremism or make contact with other persons and groups in the same predicament.

Website: http:/​/​www.online​-beratung​-gegen​-rechtsextremismus.de (English)

Submitted for the 2008 Hate Crime Report

Right-wing extremism on the Internet/Jugendschutznet (Youth-Protection on the Internet)

Country: Germany
Category: Addressing incitement of hatred on the internet

Initiator: Jugendschutznet, Federal Agency for Civic Education
Level of implementation: National

Summary: Persons who use the Internet are protected comprehensively against incitement to hatred and violence by having the Internet monitored by permanent, professional staff – not organised by the state – who seek to identify right-wing extremist websites, platforms and content and to initiate suitable measures against those responsible for or providing ..... any such content. Jugendschutznet also provides an advisory service and holds seminars for staff in education.

Impact: Having the Internet monitored by players in civil society, civilian measures vis-à-vis servers and providers.

More information: mailto:sgatjugendschutz.net

Submitted for the 2008 Hate Crime Report

National Action Plan to Fight Racism, Xenophobia, Anti-Semitism and Related Intolerance

Country: Germany
Category: National action plan

Initiator: Federal Government
Level of implementation: Local ; Regional ; National

Summary: The United Nations World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in September 2001 in Durban urged countries to develop national action plans in order to combat racism. The action plan subsequently drawn up by the Federal Government in consultation with non-governmental organisations and completed at the ..... end of 2007 is considered to be documentation of the holistic approach aimed at effective prevention and protection against violence and discrimination. It provides information about the wide range of initiatives and measures that have been implemented and are ongoing in the fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and related intolerance in a wide range of areas. It also describes the efforts and measures being undertaken to nip racist, xenophobic and discriminating tendencies in the bud through the promotion and strengthening of social cohesion.

By drawing up this National Action Plan for the first time, a basis has been created for further activities. The National Action Plan is hence not a static process, it needs to be evaluated and updated at regular intervals.


Impact: Fighting racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and related intolerance in a wide range of areas


Submitted for the 2008 Hate Crime Report

Youth work and prevention of violence (in the pipeline)

Country: Germany
Category: Education/prevention/awareness-raising initiatives

Initiator: Manne e.V., Potsdam and the Federal Agency for Civic Education
Level of implementation: Local

Summary: In a series of workshops led by a number of different experts, it is to be determined what rejection young men encounter during their upbringing within modern democracies and what measures can be initiated to avoid and reverse any such rejection.

Implemented in Brandenburg and Berlin.

Impact: Skills-upgrading measures for staff working in education, teaching them how to adopt a gender-oriented approach to young men susceptible to prejudice, construction and reconstruction of ideas of masculinity in modern society.

More information: mailto:infoatmannepotsdam.de

Submitted for the 2008 Hate Crime Report

"Schule ohne Rassismus" (School without Racism)

Country: Germany
Category: Education/prevention/awareness-raising initiatives

Initiator: Association AKTIONCOURAGE e.V. Germany
Level of implementation: National

Summary: Nationwide network of schools that sign a written statement to initiate measures against racism and to promote civic commitment against all forms of racism.

Impact: The network encompasses more than 520 schools.

More information: mailto:schuleataktioncourage.de

Submitted for the 2008 Hate Crime Report

Special programme XENOS "Ausstieg zum Einstieg" ("Quitting for a New Start")

Country: Germany
Category: Education/prevention/awareness-raising initiatives

Initiator: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Level of implementation: National

Summary: In the framework of the XENOS special programme "Ausstieg zum Einstieg" ("Quitting for a New Start"), support has been granted to local employment projects, initiatives and networks since April 2009. In counseling and accompanying young people who are willing to quit the right-wing extremist scene, a particular focus should be put on labor-market related ..... aspects. Initiatives implementing projects in the framework of this programme should develop new ideas to ensure that young people who drop out of the right-wing scene will be placed into vocational training, qualification schemes and/or employment.

The programme is also aimed at supporting projects which develop strategies for the relocation of youths and young adults willing to quit the right-wing extremist scene, offering them a new start in a new geographical, cultural and vocational setting so that they can completely break off any contact with the right-wing scene. In this context, the programme also helps to support projects which promote the exchange of experience between drop-out initiatives that might help to transfer transnational experience with different drop-out strategies to the German project landscape.

Thus, the primary objectives of the programme can be summarized as follows:

- Promoting youths and young adults willing to quit the right-wing extremist scene by providing them with guidance on the labour market and support in taking up vocational training and/or employment.

- Promoting the exit from the right-wing extremist scene by developing and implementing policies and strategies for a vocational relocation to another region.

- Exchange of experience and networking of initiatives with a particular focus on transnational aspects and quality assurance.


Impact: The special programme XENOS "Ausstieg zum Einstieg" ("Quitting for a New Start") aims at persuading youths and young adults to quit the right-wing extremist scene by offering them an entry into the labour market.


Submitted for the 2008 Hate Crime Report

Nationwide initiative "Orte der Vielfalt" (Places of diversity) - initiative aimed at strengthening commitment to tolerance

Country: Germany
Category: Education/prevention/awareness-raising initiatives

Initiator: Federal Government (Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth)
Level of implementation: Local

Summary: The Federal Government launched the initiative "Orte der Vielfalt" (Places of diversity) in order to strengthen democratic forces in municipalities and to make a public statement in support of diversity, tolerance and democracy against right-wing extremism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism. Municipalities that actively oppose right-wing extremism and support ..... diverse, tolerant coexistence can apply for the award "Ort der Vielfalt" (Place of diversity). They are given a signpost in acknowledgement of their efforts that officially designates them as a "Place of diversity". They are also featured on the interactive map of Germany on the website.

Impact: Making a public statement for diversity, tolerance and democracy.

Website: http:/​/​www.orte​-der​-vielfalt.de (English)

Submitted for the 2008 Hate Crime Report

Federal Programme "VIELFALT TUT GUT - Jugend für Vielfalt, Toleranz und Demokratie" (EMBRACING DIVERSITY - Young people embracing diversity, tolerance and democracy)

Country: Germany
Category: Education/prevention/awareness-raising initiatives

Initiator: Federal Government (Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth)
Level of implementation: Local ; Regional ; National

Summary: With the programme "VIELFALT TUT GUT. Jugend für Vielfalt, Toleranz und Demokratie" (EMBRACING DIVERSITY. Young people embracing diversity, tolerance and democracy) the Federal Government wishes to raise awareness for shared common values and cultural diversity, promote respect for human dignity and combat all forms of extremism, in particular right-wing ..... extremism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism. The long-term programme was launched on 1 January 2007. The initial programme phase will run until 2010. The aim is to consolidate diversity, tolerance and democracy as central values of society as a whole and in particular to make children and young people aware of the basic rules of peaceful and democratic coexistence.

The programme is part of the preventative-educational strategy. It serves to raise awareness and is designed to have a long-term effect. Each year, the Federal Government appropriates EUR 19 million in support of the programme. It funds local action plans which local authorities are responsible for in a bid to strengthen the development of democracy locally as well as model projects that develop innovative and transferable strategies aimed at combating rightwing extremism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism. There are currently 90 local action plans underway – 60 in eastern Germany and 39 in western Germany – as well as over 90 model projects.


Impact: Promoting 90 local action plans and over 90 model projects.

Website: http:/​/​www.vielfalt​-tut​-gut.de (English)

Submitted for the 2008 Hate Crime Report

Preventative and repressive measures in order to take effective action against hate crimes

Country: Germany
Category: Strengthening the response of law enforcement and prosecutors


Summary: In principle, the prosecution of criminal offences, including those with an extremist or xenophobic background, comes under the jurisdiction of the Federal Länder. If an offence is aimed at endangering external national security or the internal security of the Federal Republic of Germany or at abolishing, suspending the application of or undermining ..... constitutional principles, the Federal Public Prosecutor is responsible for investigating the offences mentioned in the catalogue of offences set forth in Section 120 subsection 2 sentence 1 no. 3 of the Judicature Act (Gerichtsverfassungsgesetz) (GVG), if the case is of special importance.

The Federal Länder have implemented a range of preventative and repressive measures in order to take effective action against hate crimes, for instance:

- Programmes for drop-outs
The judiciary plays a special role in so-called programmes for drop-outs aimed generally at right-wing extremist groups that are implemented in nearly all of the Federal Länder. What these programmes have in common is that they offer special assistance mainly for young sympathisers, hangers-on or disillusioned activists who wish to drop out of the right-wing scene.
- Advance training measures
The German Judicial Academy that is jointly managed and financed by the Federal Government and Federal Länder offers regular conferences that deal with racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia.
- Special departments
There are special departments at public prosecution offices for politically motivated crime/offences against national security. The existence of special departments corresponds to the specialist work at relevant police stations and intensified cooperation between both authorities. Some of the Federal Länder also have special guidelines on how to deal with crimes motivated by right-wing extremism.



Submitted for the 2008 Hate Crime Report
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