The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union also provided information on the six alleged racially-motivated murders and five violent attacks reported by Hungary. Several arson attacks were also reported. The European Roma Rights Centre reported three murders, three violent assaults and six arson attacks.
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Report Data - Hungary - 2009
The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union reported an assault on a person following a gay-pride parade, which was investigated as a bias-motivated attack.
ODIHR reported that four persons were killed and another four seriously injured in shooting incidents, one of which took place in the course of an arson attack. There were three additional incidents in which shots were fired at the homes of Roma persons, and another four incidents of arson attacks, with no injuries reported in these incidents. There were three incidents involving physical assault, against a total of eight victims, two instances of damage to property and two involving threats.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) recommended that the Hungarian authorities introduce systematic and comprehensive monitoring of racist incidents. It also expressed concern about anti-Semitism.
ODIHR conducted a field assessment visit to Hungary in response to a series of violent attacks against Roma. The visiting delegation also included representatives of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, the OSCE’s Strategic Police Matters Unit and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination. The field assessment delegation’s report stressed the importance of hate crime data collection and proper investigation. It highlighted the need to raise awareness among law-enforcement and criminal-justice bodies.
Official figures record 12 cases of violence against members of national, ethnic, racial or religious groups and three cases of racist crimes involving bodily injury.