Since 2001, the Fighting Discrimination program of Human Rights First published innovative, groundbreaking, and acclaimed reports on hate crime in Europe and North America, including:
2008 Hate Crime Survey
The latest release by Human Rights First provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date overview of hate crime in the 56 countries comprising the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The Survey includes sections examining six facets of violent hate crime: Violence Based on Racism and Xenophobia, Antisemitic Violence, Violence Against Muslims, Violence Based on Religious Intolerance, Violence Against Roma, and Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Bias. The Survey also examines government responses to violent hate crimes in sections on Systems of Monitoring and Reporting and The Framework of Criminal Law and includes a Ten-Point Plan for governments to strengthen their responses. The Survey also includes an in-depth look at the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and the United States and contains a Country Panorama section that profiles individual hate crime cases from more than 30 countries within the OSCE.
Hate crimes have occurred at alarmingly high levels throughout much of Europe and North America. The first Human Rights First Hate Crime Survey documents dozens of hate crime cases, analyzes trends, and discusses the causes and consequences of hate crime violence. The Report Card is an innovative tool that examines hate crime laws and monitoring and reporting systems in the states that comprise the OSCE, regrettably finding that a majority of European governments get a poor grade in their efforts to tackle hate crimes.
Minorities Under Siege: Hate Crimes and Intolerance in the Russian Federation
Released in 2006, the report documents the dire situation of Russia’s minorities in 2005. Human Rights First provides an assessment of hate crime in the Russian Federation, urging the adoption of a comprehensive approach to the problem of racist violence.
Everyday Fears: A Survey of Violent Hate Crimes in Europe and North America
An essential tool for the fight against racism, antisemitism, and other forms of intolerance, the 2005 report presents the first in-depth analysis of hate crimes in 55 countries, from Vancouver to Vladivostok. It provides a critical evaluation of legislation and means of data collection on hate crimes in each country and an appendix of fundamental documents for the fight against discrimination.
Antisemitism in Europe: Challenging Official Indifference
Human Rights First’s 2004 report tracks recent anti-Jewish violence and government responses across the breadth of Europe, finding that the attacks come from organized movements of the extreme right, racist skinheads, and assailants who invoke the Middle East conflict to demonize Jews and Jewish institutions. Instead of tackling the problem, most European governments contribute to the climate of escalating violence by failing to monitor antisemitic crimes, and to enact and enforce laws punishing hate crimes.
Fire and Broken Glass: The Rise of Antisemitism in Europe
Published in 2002, the report finds that discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic or racial group had increasingly taken the form of racist threats and violence in a pattern across much of Europe, from Russia to the United Kingdom. This disturbing pattern has included physical assaults on individuals and attacks on Jewish homes, schools, synagogues and other community institutions.