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Dataset | 27 April 2021

Hate Crime Data

The 2016 data include information on 44 participating States; including disaggregated official hate crime statistics for 18 countries and a detailed overview of how 34 participating States process and record hate crimes. We changed how official data is presented and users can now download official data.

This is complemented by hate incidents in 48 participating States as reported by 125 civil society groups; the UNHRC and OSCE field operations. Incident information can also be downloaded.

General challenges to reporting hate crimes

Under-reporting remains a key challenge. Many victims do not come forward to report hate crimes. This happens for a number of reasons; ranging from language barriers to mistrust in the authorities or fear of reprisals. ODIHR works closely with civil society to overcome this challenge and promote and assist in strengthening co-operation between civil society and governments.

Finally; it is also difficult to track cases of hate crimes at all stages; from investigation through sentencing; due to different recording procedures across criminal justice systems. For instance; police forces may use different definitions than prosecutors.

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