On 22 May 2019, the Korean
Institute of Criminology (KIC), for the first time, co-hosted a side-event with the European Institute for
Crime Prevention and Control (HEUNI) on "Addressing Hate Crimes against Refugees
and Immigrants in Europe and Asia-Pacific" during the 28th session of
the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice(CCPCJ)
in Vienna, Austria.
The objectives of this event was to gauge the actual
extent of hate crimes motivated by prejudice against and intolerance towards
refugees and immigrants and identify possible legal and policy solutions that can
promote respect, safety, and dignity of the vulnerable groups. Participants to
the event discussed such dynamics against hate crimes on the basis of race,
religion, sexual orientation, and nationality in Europe and Asia-Pacific. The
event was intended for hate crime prevention and criminal justice professionals
and experts from government agencies, international and regional organizations,
research institutes and diplomatic representatives.
The moderator for the event was Mr. Ilias
Chatzis, Chief of the Human Trafficking and Migrants Smuggling Section of
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Dr. Ji Sun Kim, Senior
Research Fellow of Korean Institute of Criminology (KIC) made a presentation on
“Addressing Hate Crimes against Immigrants in Korea”. Dr. Rick Brown, Deputy
Director of Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) also made a presentation
on “From Captain Cook to Christchurch: Addressing Hate Crimes in Australia”. Dr.
Jenita Rauta, Researcher of Police University College, Finland presented “Suspected
hate crimes reported to police in Finland”.