Legislative resources

Legislationline is the legislative database published and maintained by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). Its purpose is to assist lawmakers and civil society in OSCE participating States by providing international standards on selected human dimension issues and collecting relevant domestic legislation in various languages.

Legislation relating to hate crime and other topics related to tolerance and non-discrinmination issues can be found on Legislationline. Links to relevant sections of Legislationline are provided opposite.

The TANDIS website complements Legislationline by collating additional resources which support legislation related to tolerance and non-discrimination issues, such as recommendations, guidelines for practitioners or statutory codes of practice.

Because the ODIHR does not focus on anti-discrimination law per se, legislation in this field is not included on Legislationline. However, since such measures may be closely related to key issues on which the ODIHR does focus, legislation relating to discrimination or equality that has been submitted to the ODIHR can be found under the Links tab on this page.

Latest documents and publications
ECRI general policy recommendation no. 16 on safeguarding irregularly present migrants from discrimination (adopted on 16 March 2016)
European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
Published: Strasbourg : COE, 10 May 2016

Doc.no. CRI(2016)16

View full text: Multiple languages

Material type: recommendation - tools and guides
Subject: anti-discrimination - migration - education - health services - housing - social welfare - economic, social, and cultural rights
Country coverage: COE region

ECRI general policy recommendation no. 15 on combating hate speech (adopted on 8 December 2015)
European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
Published: Strasbourg : COE, 21 March 2016

Doc.no. CRI(2016)15

View full text: English - French

Material type: recommendation - tools and guides
Subject: hate speech - cyber-hate - racism - freedom of expression
Country coverage: COE region

Hate crime data collection guidelines and training manual
United States Department of Justice. Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS)
(Version 2.0)

Published: Washington, DC : FBI, 27 February 2015
(Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program)

View full text: English

Material type: national standard - tools and guides
Subject: hate crime - data collection - violence
Country coverage: United States

Key documents
Hate crime reporting website
17 June 2014
Hate crime laws : a practical guide
9 March 2009
Factsheet on legislative assistance
8 May 2008
Factsheet outlining ODIHR's legislative assistance work.
Guidelines for review of legislation pertaining to religion or belief
28 September 2004
These guidelines were prepared by the ODIHR's Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief in consultation with the Council of Europe's Venice Commission to assist them in their analyses of laws and draft legislation pertaining to the freedom of religion or belief.