ADL: 23 countries don't adequately report hate crimes

July 1, 2010 15:11

A new report released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Human Rights First Thursday has found that of 56 participating governments in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, 23 nations have failed to adequately gather and report data on hate crimes and anti-Semitic incidents.

The report, released in Astana, Kazakhstan at a high-level meeting on tolerance held on the 20th anniversary of the landmark 1990 Copenhagen Document, focused on key benchmarks for compliance by governments, such as collecting and publicizing hate crime data and ensuring that their data is disaggregated to properly identify the targeted groups.

“What is clear from this analysis is that many OSCE governments are still resistant when it comes to responding to hate crimes and gathering data and making it public,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.

“As key stakeholders in this process, we are renewing our challenge to all of the participating OSCE governments to move past their resistance to reporting and cataloging hate crimes.  The disclosure of hate crime data offers a jumping-off point for a more effective response, for when there is data, there is awareness, and where there is awareness, there is action.”

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