CEDAW/C/AUT/CO/7-8 (CEDAW, 2013) Convention on the Elimination of A ll Forms of Discrimination against Women, Concluding observations on the seventh and eighth periodic report s of Austria , adopted by the Committee at its fifty - fourth session (11 Febr
Convention on the Elimination of A ll Forms of Discrimination against Women, Concluding observations on the seventh and eighth periodic report s of Austria , adopted by the Committee at its fifty - fourth session (11 February–1 March 2013)
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Hate crime Discrimination
Relevant key findings as reported by the monitoring body:
"26. The Committee welcomes the State party’s measures to include persons with a migration background in the police force and fight against racial stereotypes and xenophobia. It also commends the State party for recognizing ethnic hatred in its criminal law as an aggravating circumstance. However, the Committee is concerned at the increase of xenophobic violence against migrant women and cases of incitement to hatred and violence, particularly targeting Muslim and/or black women.
27. The Committee urges the State party to:
(a) Increase the number of migrants and/or persons with a migrant background in the police force and intensify the dialogue between police and migrant communities;
(b) Continue providing migrant women who are victims of violence with psychosocial and legal support;
(c) Conduct surveys to assess the prevalence of violence experienced by migrant women, including when the motivation for a crime relates to ethnicity; and
(d) Pursue policy measures and programmes, including through the use of the media, to prevent xenophobic violence against migrant women and increase awareness on opportunities that migration presents."
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