ADL Urges OSCE Governments To Collect Hate Crime Data
New York, NY, November 10, 2006 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today urged governments of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to develop hate crime data collection mechanisms as a vital tool against hate-motivated violence.
At the OSCE's Tolerance Implementation Meeting, November 9-10 in Vienna, Austria, the League presented recommendations for member-states to "address the hate crimes deficit" by monitoring criminal acts and engaging in data collection efforts spanning the entire 56-nation region.
The Participating States of the OSCE have made important commitments to address hate crime through legislation, education and law enforcement training.
"Data collection is the next logical step in addressing the scourge of hate crimes," said Robert Trestan, ADL Eastern States Civil Rights Counsel, who presented to the OSCE gathering. "In the United States, such data gathering efforts have proven most effective in creating a wider awareness of the problem, in providing indicators of the sources of hate, and in serving as a barometer for law enforcement and community-based organizations working to prevent violent hate crimes in the future."
ADL urged states to:
•Collect detailed incident-based hate crime data including the race, religion, national origin/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and age of both the victim and the suspected offender;
•Train police officers to identify, report, and respond to acts of hate-motivated violence;
•Find opportunities for political and civic leaders to speak out against hate motivated incidents; partner with community-based groups and NGOs to implement data collection programs and help promote reporting.
•In addition, ADL urged the OSCE's Tolerance Unit to convene an experts group to craft model data collection procedures for law enforcement states could use as a guideline in developing policy.
ADL will present recommendations on how law enforcement can be enlisted in the fight against anti-Semitism at a meeting of parliamentarians and anti-Semitism experts hosted by the German OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegation in Berlin on November 20-21.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.