OSCE/ODIHR Hate Crime Reporting Bias Against Muslims


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OSCE/ODIHR Hate Crime Reporting
Bias Against Muslims

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Type of publication

Hate crime reporting

Geographical coverage

EU comparative

Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Intergovernmental organisation


OSCE/ODIHR | Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe / Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Main Thematic Focus

Hate crime Incitement to hatred or violence Racism & xenophobia

Target Population

Muslims Migrants Refugees & asylum seekers

Key findings

The information collected by ODIHR demonstrates that hate crimes remained a serious and wide-ranging problem in 2012.
The full extent of hate crimes in the OSCE region continues to be obscured by a lack of adequate or reliable data. Although there were improvements to data collection by governments in 2012, it is clear from the information provided to ODIHR that significant gaps in data collection remain a major obstacle to understanding the prevalence and nature of hate crimes within most participating States and across the OSCE as a region. A number of participating States do not collect any statistics on hate crimes. Some participating States collect data, but do not make the data public.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

Desk Research
ODIHR’s annual hate crime reporting cycle comprises several stages. First, the Office issues a call for submissions to OSCE participating States, civil society organizations and its partner intergovernmental organizations. Second, ODIHR analyses reported data and information, and assesses whether it can be included in the report. Third, the Office releases data for consultation with participating States and other contributors. Lastly, ODIHR reviews suggested amendments to the report, updates to include late submissions, and prepares the information for final presentation.

Sample details and representativeness


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