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Improving the recording of hate crime by law enforcement authorities

On 5 December, during its fourth meeting, the EU High Level Group on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance endorsed the key guiding principles on hate crime recording drawn up by the Subgroup on methodologies for recording and collecting data on hate crime facilitated by FRA.

The Subgroup has identified these principles on the basis of systematic consultation, gathering input from representatives of relevant national authorities, the European Commission, FRA, ODIHR, ECRI, and civil society organisations. 

The first three guiding principles concern organisational and structural aspects:

  • Cultivating a human rights culture within all law enforcement agencies in the EU.
  • Developing or adapting hate crime recording mechanisms to correspond to national needs and capacities.
  • Cooperating actively with civil society organisations.

The next two guiding principles concern the operational level:

  • Defining and applying bias indicators to identify bias motivation.
  • Reviewing law enforcement procedures to allow the flagging of incidents as potential hate crimes.

The principles will be tested and implemented through country workshops and activities in the coming months. The workshops aim to raise awareness of the need to properly record hate crimes, to identify gaps in existing hate crime recording and data collection frameworks, and to discuss practical steps to improve these frameworks.

The first workshop took place in Tallinn, Estonia on 8 December 2017. Workshops in other Member States are planned for 2018, beginning with Portugal and Slovakia, as one of the outcomes of the Subgroup on methodologies on recording and collecting data on hate crime facilitated by the FRA.