Data collection is the first step towards combating hate crime, as reliable information and statistics are needed to develop targeted policies and customize support for victims.
Across the OSCE, CSOs play a crucial role in monitoring and reporting hate crimes. This is especially important in states that have not introduced a nationwide system for recording hate crimes.
Hate crimes target people for who they are or are perceived to be.
What is ODIHR doing to address hate crime?
The OSCE recognizes that hate crimes affect the security of individuals, their communities and societies, and can lead to serious security challenges and even conflict. ODIHR has been tasked by participating States to serve as a collection point for information, statistics and legislation on hate crime, and to help develop effective responses to the problem.