The Council of Europe (CoE) pays a particular focus on legal standards, human rights, and the rule of law. It has 47 member states, thus offering a wide geographical platform. Among instruments with which HRF engages are a) The Commissioner for Human Rights, b) The European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), a body that engages in a periodic review of member states and provides recommendations, including in the area of hate crime, and c) the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), composed of national parliamentary delegations that reflect the political spectrum of their national parliaments.
Our Advocacy Activities at the Council of Europe:
Council of Europe References HRF Activities on Combating Hate Crimes
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg released a Viewpoint on July 21 decrying recent episodes of intolerant violence in Europe and proposing concrete measures to combat hate crimes. The Commissioner’s statement references our 2007 Hate Crime Survey and Report Card and reflects our recommendations on combating hate crime in Europe.
European Governments Must Do More to Tackle Hate Crimes