ODIHR’s hate crime reporting for 2013 is now available | NLIF

ODIHR’s hate crime reporting for 2013 is now available

OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) released hate crime data for 2013. Thirty-six participating States submitted information, along with 109 NGOs covering incidents in 45 countries.

Every year ODIHR releases information on hate crimes and incidents across the region. ODIHR was tasked by OSCE participating States in 2006 to present statistics and information on hate crime legislation, investigation, prosecution and sentencing, as well as to share best practices.

The information ODIHR gathers is provided by governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations.

Official figures are provided directly by participating States through an online questionnaire developed specifically for them. ODIHR works closely with national points of contacts on hate crime to help them understand our approach and effectively present their information, according to the OSCE framework.

NGOs respond to ODIHR’s call for submissions by preparing reports that follow our hate crime reporting methodology. The Office also conducts research to identify additional reports relevant to our hate crimes reporting.

Found at the bottom of each country page, key observations are prepared by ODIHR based on the commitments on hate crime collection made by participating States. The issues addressed by the observations range from those related to basic commitments, such as the need to periodically report some information or data to ODIHR on hate crime, to more specific commitments, such as providing data disaggregated by bias motivations, or encouraging victims to report in collaboration with civil society.

These recommendations can draw governments’ attention to potential gaps in their hate crime data collection, and help them help identify areas for improvement.

Under-reporting remains a key challenge. Many victims do not come forward to report hate crimes. This happens for a number of reasons, ranging from language barriers to mistrust in the authorities or fear of reprisals. ODIHR works closely with civil society to overcome this challenge and promote and assist co-operation between civil society and governments.

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