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ADL Provides Guidance at OSCE Meeting of Hate Crime Experts

Posted: July 20, 2012

The Anti-Defamation League participated in a meeting earlier this month of hate crime experts to support the development of a practical guide entitled, "Monitoring and Collecting Hate Crime Data for Effective Policy and Practical Responses."

Under the leadership of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the guide is being developed to address the under reporting of hate crimes by governments across the OSCE region.

The experts met in Warsaw, Poland, to review the first draft of the guide and work together to reach agreement on the key issues that warrant inclusion and prepare a framework for the next draft.  The meeting also included experts from Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Poland and United Kingdom.

In 2011, ADL and Human Rights First issued a report which found that the majority of the 56 participating governments still fail to adequately address hate crimes. Among the findings, only 20 of 56 participating states gather data on anti-Semitic incidents. In 26 of the countries where no data was submitted, a number of anti-Semitic incidents were reported by media, Jewish communities and other non-governmental sources. None of the incidents were included in official reports.

The guide is intended to assist policy makers and leaders in taking the necessary action to address hate and bigotry. Acknowledging the problem through reporting and data collection is a critical first step.

The guide is expected to be launched in early 2013.

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