2005 / $20 / 0-9753150-2-1 / 240 pp.
Hate crimes are on the rise in Europe and North America. Targeting individuals based on their origins, the color of their skin, their religion, their sexual orientation, or other similar attributes, such violent crimes undermine the security of everyone in our society. Everyday Fears, written by Michael McClintock of Human Rights First, is a ground-breaking study of the relationship between both small- and large-scale hate crimes and the everyday fears that they generate.
In addition to documenting specific offenses, Everyday Fears highlights the need for governments to protect against hate crimes through legislation and improved monitoring and reporting. To this end, the book includes a first ever comprehensive survey of existing laws on hate crimes in the fifty-five countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. By addressing the inequalities of enforcement and deficiencies in effective monitoring, Human Rights First urges governments to take concrete actions to prevent bias crimes and, ultimately, to ease the everyday fears that result when these crimes go unchallenged.