Among international institutions, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)—whose 56 participating states encompass North America, Europe, and the former Soviet Union—has been the best at adopting commitments on hate crime, establishing mechanisms to monitor implementation of those commitments, engaging in activities to raise political and public awareness, and developing programs to train police and civil society groups. The organization has been receptive to Human Rights First’s approach and relied on the Fighting Discrimination Program’s recommendations. We regularly participate in many of the OSCE’s activities and programs on combating hate crimes.
Our Advocacy Activities at the OSCE:
Decision on Hate Crime Adopted by the 56 OSCE States
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) participating States adopted a new resolution to combat hate crime during the annual ministerial meeting in Athens, Greece.
Intergovernmental Report: Hate Crime Remains a Significant Problem in Europe and North America
In response to a newly released report on Hate Crime in the OSCE Region, Human Rights First and the Anti-Defamation League issued a reaction paper highlighting the inadequate government response to hate crime.
Human Rights First at the 2009 OSCE Human Dimension Conference
The 2009 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting brings together official delegations and nongovernmental organizations to discuss democracy and human rights in Europe, North America, and Central Asia.
HRF Leads OSCE Civil Society Forum on Hate Crimes
In Vienna, Austria, civil society representatives made recommendations on combating intolerance and discrimination to the OSCE delegates participating in the Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Hate Crimes. The recommendations mirror HRF’s Ten-Point Plan for Combating Hate Crimes.
HRF Contributes to OSCE Hate Crime Guidelines
Hate Crime Laws: A Practical Guide, is the first publication providing practical and easily accessible advice for lawmakers, civil society and law enforcement personnel involved in developing or implementing hate crime legislation. The Fighting Discrimination Program Director Paul LeGendre participated in the writing and editing process, also taking part in the official ODIHR launch and expert workshop on March 19, 2009.
HRF Attends Roundtables on Racism and Discrimination, Antisemitism
Last week, HRF participated in two roundtables organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
On March 17, an expert-level meeting discussed the importance of combating antisemitism. On March 18, the ODIHR marked the International Antiracism day with a roundtable discussion on racism and discrimination.
HRF Participates in OSCE Roundtable on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians
Joëlle Fiss, the Pennoyer Fellow of the Fighting Discrimination Program, contributed to the first OSCE meeting focusing specifically on intolerance and discrimination against Christians. Participants called for improved collection of data on hate crimes against Christians, the adoption of freedom of religion laws and assistance to states and civil society in raising awareness of relevant standards.
HRF Outlines Recommendations for Combating Hate Crimes to the New OSCE Personal Representatives on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination
In January 2009, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) appointed three new Personal Representatives of the Chairman-in-Office to promote greater tolerance and combat racism, xenophobia and discrimination. HRF reached out to the Representatives with specific recommendations relevant to their mandates.
HRF Addresses the 2008 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw
The Conference, hailed by the ODIHR Director Amb. Janez Lenarcic as “the single most important yearly OSCE event focusing on human rights and democracy in Europe, North America, and Central Asia,” features delegations from all 56 member states, as well other high-profile speakers from NGO and IGO communities.
Human Rights First made three interventions during the conference. Our 2008 Hate Crime Survey was also distributed at various side-events and meetings. Two side-events were co-hosted by Human Rights First.
HRF Addresses the 2007 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw
HRF Addresses OSCE Meeting on Combating Discrimination in Bucharest
European Governments Must Do More to Tackle Hate Crimes
HRF Addresses OSCE Meeting on Addressing the Hate Crime Data Deficit
HRF Addresses the 2006 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw