On 16 November 2016, the International Day for Tolerance, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODHIR) published its hate crime data for 2015.
While the general level of reporting to ODIHR is comparable to previous years, limited data on some bias motivations indicate under-reporting and gaps in recording.
What does the data cover?
The data covers 41 OSCE-States, including 34 European states with Equinet membership. A list of all participating states can be found here.
Hate crime data has been collected in the fields of:
- Racism and Xenophobia
- Bias against Roma and Sinti
- Bias against Muslims
- Bias against Christians and other religions
- Bias against LGBT people
- Bias against people with disabilities
How is the data collected?
Every year ODHIR sends an online questionnaire to OSCE-States, formal requests for information to OSCE field operations and encourages civil society and international organisations to contribute through an open call for submissions. For 2015 131 civil society organisations contributed to the findings.
More information on the methodology used can be found here.