ADVOCACY

Our work in advocacy

We contribute to policy-making processes dealing with antisemitism, racism, xenophobia, discrimination and diversity education at the institutions of the European Union, the OSCE, the Council of Europe and within the wider spectrum of European organisations and networks active in these areas.

With rising intergroup tension and violence, policymakers must speak out against all forms of bigotry while strengthening anti-discrimination and hate crime legislation. We call upon public authorities to invest in education and training to foster social cohesion. In order to reach our full potential, as individuals, collectives, nations and as a European Union, we must work together to eliminate the legacy of discrimination.

CEJI is proud of its history as part of the original Starting Line group which helped shaped Article 13 of the Amsterdam Treaty, guaranteeing the right to nondiscrimination. Collaboration in coalitions is essential at CEJI to achieve broad-based political change, such as our continued support of the Interparliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism.

Also related to our advocacy work is Facing Facts!, a project to improve monitoring and recording of hate crimes throughout the European Union by standardising criteria for comparable hate crime data collection. We train civil society organisations to gather, analyse and report incidents of hate crime and hate speech, be they anti-Jewish, anti-Roma, anti-homosexual or other. We believe that the experience of Jewish communities in monitoring such behaviour can play a vital role in marshalling government and civic responses to that combat antisemitism and all forms of hatred.