Hate crime
        

This section provides an overview of OSCE commitments and activities to counter hate crime, as well as relevant documents and publications from various sources. The section also includes tools to help counter hate crime.

ODIHR's definition of a hate crime is: a criminal act motivated by bias towards a certain group. For a criminal act to qualify as a hate crime, it must meet two criteria:

  • The act must be a crime under the criminal code of the legal jurisdiction in which it is committed;
  • The crime must have been committed with a bias motivation.

"Bias motivation" means that the perpetrator chose the target of the crime on the basis of protected characteristics.

A "protected characteristic" is a fundamental or core characteristic that is shared by a group, such as "race", religion, ethnicity, language or sexual orientation.

The target of a hate crime may be a person, people or property associated with a group that shares a protected characteristic.

Latest documents and publications
Regular overviews of migration-related fundamental rights concerns
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
Published: Vienna : FRA, September 2016
(Monthly data collection on the current migration situation in the EU)


Material type: report
Subject: migration - asylum - children's rights - health services - racism - hate crime - victims - hate speech
Country coverage: EU region - Austria - Bulgaria - Croatia - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Italy - Slovenia - Sweden

Crime and disabled people : measures of disability-related harassment (2016 update)
Coleman, Nick ; Sykes, Wendy ; Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
Published: London : EHRC, September 2016
(Research report ; 103)


ISBN 978-1-84206-515-0

View full text: English

Material type: report
Subject: disability - hate crime - victims
Country coverage: United Kingdom

Face to face with bias violence : guidelines for social workers
Kalibova, Klara ; Pawlik, Katarzyna ; Biháriová, Irena ; In IUSTITIA ; Nomada Association for Multicultural Society Integration ; People Against Racism (PAR) ; International Aid Network (IAN)
Published: Prague : In IUSTITIA ; Nomada Association for Multicultural Society Integration ; PAR ; IAN, 2016

ISBN 978-80-88172-04-8

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Material type: tools and guides
Subject: hate crime - assistance to victims - victims - access to justice - perpetrators - prosecution
Country coverage: Bosnia and Herzegovina - Czech Republic - Poland - Serbia - Slovakia





Key documents
ODIHR's efforts to counter hate crime
ODIHR
4 January 2016
Understanding hate crimes
ODIHR
9 December 2015
Prosecutors and hate crimes training (PAHCT) : programme description
ODIHR
29 September 2014
Prosecuting hate crimes : a practical guide
ODIHR
29 September 2014
Hate crime data collection and monitoring mechanisms : a practical guide
ODIHR
29 September 2014
Hate crime reporting website
ODIHR
17 June 2014
Hate crimes in the OSCE region : incidents and responses - annual report for 2012
ODIHR
15 November 2013
Hate crimes in the OSCE region : incidents and responses - annual report for 2011
ODIHR
16 November 2012
Training against hate crimes for law enforcement (TAHCLE) : programme description
ODIHR
2012
Hate crimes in the OSCE region : incidents and responses - annual report for 2010
ODIHR
16 November 2011
Hate crimes in the OSCE region : incidents and responses - annual report for 2009
ODIHR
16 November 2010
An annual report for 2009 on hate crimes and state responses within the OSCE region. Available on CD.
Ministerial Council decision no. 9/09 : combating hate crimes
OSCE
2 December 2009
Hate crimes in the OSCE region : incidents and responses - annual report for 2008
ODIHR
16 November 2009
An annual report for 2008 on hate crimes and state responses within the OSCE region. Available on CD.
Preventing and responding to hate crimes : a resource guide for NGOs in the OSCE region
ODIHR
7 October 2009
Hate crime laws : a practical guide
ODIHR
9 March 2009
Hate crimes in the OSCE region : incidents and responses - annual report for 2007
ODIHR
6 October 2008
The aim of the report is to provide an overview of practical efforts and measures undertaken by governments and civil society to combat violent and non-violent manifestations of hate and to promote mutual respect and understanding.
Ministerial Council decision no. 10/07. Tolerance and non-discrimination : promoting mutual respect and understanding
OSCE
30 November 2007
Hate crimes in the OSCE region : incidents and responses - annual report for 2006
ODIHR
20 September 2007
The focus of this report is on the responses of OSCE participating States to violent acts of hate and intolerance. Examples of effective and immediate responses are highlighted, as are challenges that governments and civil society continue to face in their efforts to prevent and respond to hate-motivated incidents. The ODIHR also sees this report as an early-warning tool, as it highlights areas where better responses are needed.
Ministerial Council Decision no. 13/06 : combating intolerance and discrimination and promoting mutual respect and understanding
OSCE
5 December 2006
Challenges and responses to hate-motivated incidents in the OSCE region for the period January-June 2006
ODIHR
11 October 2006
Issued at the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Warsaw, 12 October 2006
Law enforcement officer programme on combating hate crime
ODIHR
25 September 2006
Factsheet
Combating hate crimes in the OSCE region : an overview of statistics, legislation and national initiatives
ODIHR
15 September 2005
This report covers information received by participating States in response to a series of five Notes Verbales sent by the ODIHR in 2004, requesting relevant information relating to hate crimes, including statistics, legislation, and national initiatives.
ODIHR law enforcement officer programme on combating hate crime : data collection template - incident report
ODIHR
15 September 2005
Combating hate crimes in the OSCE region : an overview of statistics, legislation, and national initiatives. Annex D
Ministerial Council Decision no. 12/04 : tolerance and non-discrimination
OSCE
7 December 2004
Ministerial Council decision no. 4/03 : tolerance and non-discrimination
OSCE
2 December 2003