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Recent studies have shown that in the EU hate crime is often not seen as a serious offence and is significantly under-reported. In fact, even the definition of what constitutes a hate crime differs across EU member-states. In Malta, the issue is becoming increasingly relevant, as the influx of irregular migrants, the recent legalization of civil unions and the new Gender Identity Bill seem to have proliferated the problems of hate speech and hate crime targeted at minority groups on the Maltese islands.

C.O.N.T.A.C.T. is a project aimed at combating hate crime through research and training activities. The project, which has received co-funding from the Rights, Equality & Citizenship Programme of the European Commission Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (JUST/2014/RRAC/AG), is a partnership between 5 Universities and 7 NGOs in 10 countries (Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Spain, UK), whose aim is to analyse, improve and encourage the reporting of hate crime and online hate speech, as well as to raise awareness about what hate crime is and how to prevent it. 

The local project partners are the Institute of Linguistics and the Department of Inclusion and Access to Learning of the University of Malta, the People for Change Foundation, and We Are - the UoM LGBT Society. During the 2 years in which the project will run (Oct 2015 - Oct 2017), we will combine research on online hate speech and hate crime with capacity building activities with young people, the media, as well as legal and law enforcement professionals. In order to counter hate crime tactics, we will also provide training locally, develop an online network, a monitoring team, and an App to facilitate the reporting of hate speech/crime. 

For more information, visit the website of the project: http://reportinghate.euor contact the UoM project coordinator, Dr Stavros Assimakopoulos.

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