Hate crime
Call for submissions from NGOs

ODIHR is now preparing its 2011 annual report on hate crimes, "Hate Crimes in the OSCE Region: Incidents and Responses". The annual report provides an overview of data collected on hate crimes as well as of responses to combat hate crimes. It will be launched on International Tolerance Day on 16 November 2012.

How NGOs can contribute

As in previous years, ODIHR encourages submissions from NGOs. NGOs can provide information on hate crimes to ODIHR from their areas of activities through:

  • Existing reports and/ or information containing data on hate crimes for 2011;
  • Anecdotal accounts from victims of hate crimes;
  • Research and surveys on hate crimes in a particular region or against a particular group;
  • Information on practical initiatives to combat hate crime, which include:
    • strengthening data collection and reporting of hate crimes;
    • victim support;
    • trainings for professionals in the criminal justice system;
    • awareness-raising campaigns on impact and consequences of hate crime.

Please consult Frequently asked questions and the Sample format for collecting information on hate crimes.

Information should be sent to ODIHR on tndinfo@odihr.pl. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.

Purpose of the report

As part of its tasking in the area of tolerance and non-discrimination, the OSCE Ministerial Council has instructed ODIHR to follow, collect and report publicly on hate crimes and incidents in the OSCE region. OSCE participating States have also a wide range of commitments to combating hate crime. These commitments recognize that hate crimes pose a potential threat to domestic and international security, as they can undermine social cohesion and lead to wider-scale violence.

The report provides an indication to governments and civil society partners about the extent and prevalence of hate crimes in the OSCE region. It also provides information about projects and good practices implemented by governments and civil society to combat hate crimes.

How the report is prepared

ODIHR requests information from the National Points of Contact on Combating Hate Crime (NPCs) from the 56 participating States; non-governmental organizations (NGOs), OSCE institutions and field offices, and other inter-governmental organizations (IGOs). ODIHR compiles the information and consults with NPCs, NGOs and IGOs for their feedback on the draft. The final report is launched on 16 November, International Tolerance Day.