Updated: September 14, 2004
Brussels, September 14, 2004 ... The Anti-Defamation League(ADL) today called on OSCE to collect data on hate crimes and urge states to implement hate crime reporting mechanisms. The OSCE Conference on Tolerance, and the Fight Against Racism Xenophobia and Discrimination in Brussels concluded with a declaration condemning all forms of racism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism and committing to implement concrete steps in response.
Michael Lieberman, ADL Washington Counsel, addressed the conference on the need to fight religious discrimination. He proposed a series of recommendations for legislative and educational measures to combat the problem.
ADL hosted side events on "Education Toward a More Tolerant Future" which showcased ADL anti-bias education programs in Europe and the United States, including its law enforcement training program in Austria, the largest program of its kind in Europe.
This was the final of three OSCE conferences this year on tolerance related issues; the League played a prominent role at all three meetings. ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman served as a public advisor to the U.S. delegation and addressed the April Conference on Anti-Semitism in Berlin, ADL Internet Monitoring Director Brian Marcus was a U.S. public delegate and addressed a June meeting on hate on the Internet in Paris.
The final recommendations of all three meetings will be discussed at the OSCE's annual Human Dimension Implementation meeting in Warsaw, Poland, in October, which will put forward an agenda for adoption by the 55 OSCE foreign ministers when they meet in December in Sofia, Bulgaria.
ADL attended the conference as part of a delegation of leading civil and human rights organizations led by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) which presented to the conference a declaration and list of recommendations (.pdf format - 36 KB - requires Acrobat Reader) . A similar LCCR delegation attended the Berlin Conference on Anti-Semitism to demonstrate support for and solidarity with the fight against anti-Semitism across the OSCE region.
The League participated in a panel discussion on building coalitions against hate crime together with the LCCR, the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee, National Council of La Raza, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, and the National Fair Housing Alliance.