Aporophobia is a neologism created by the Spanish philosopher Adela Cortina to describe the “rejection of the poor”. It describes an adverse attitude against the poor, going from antipathy, contempt, disgust, disregard, to fear and hate. Aporopohobia can lead to hate and in the most extreme cases to hate crime against poor people including the homeless.
Hate crime is the most severe expression of discrimination and core fundamental rights abuse. Various EU member states adopted measures targeting such crime, however, hate crime against homeless people is not always conceptualised as “hate crime” because homelessness is not understood as a grounds for discrimination like race, disability, gender etc. This webinar highlights the need for aporophobia to be recognised and given sufficient importance in the area of hate crime.
This webinar will present two panels, the first discussing national experiences of aporophobia, and the second focusing on a European perspective.
Experiences on the ground:
Chair: Maribel Ramos Vergeles, Deputy Director of Hogar Sí.
-. Criminalisation of homelessness in Hungary and the impact on hate crime. Noémi Molnár, lawyer at Utcajogász, Street Lawyers Association, Budapest, Hungary
-. The need for proper regulatory instruments and specialised services to fight hate crime. Miguel Angel Aguilar, Prosecutor attorney, Barcelona, Spain
Chair: Freek Spinnewijn, Director of FEANTSA
-.The role of the EU in fighting the criminalisation of homelessness. Katrin Langensiepen, MEP. Brussels, Belgium
-. Encouraging the collection of data on crimes against poor people in the EU. Henri Nickels. Fundamental Rights Agency, FRA, Vienna, Austria
Note: English/ Spanish interpretation is available for this webinar