Brussels Ministerial Council Decision (2006) (excerpts)

Brussels 2006 (Ministerial Council Decision No. 13/06) (excerpts)

7. Decides to promote capacity-building of law enforcement authorities through training
and the development of guidelines on the most effective and appropriate way to respond to
bias-motivated crime, to increase a positive interaction between police and victims and to
encourage reporting by victims of hate crime, i.e., training for front-line officers,
implementation of outreach programmes to improve relations between police and the public
and training in providing referrals for victim assistance and protection;

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8. Deplores racist, xenophobic and discriminatory public discourse, and stresses that
political representatives can play a positive role in the overall promotion of mutual respect
and understanding and have a significant impact in defusing tensions within societies, by
speaking out against hate-motivated acts and incidents and by recognizing the positive
contributions that all individuals can make to a harmonious pluralistic society;

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11. Encourages the participating States to step up their efforts in implementing their
commitments to collect and maintain reliable data and statistics on hate crimes which are
essential for effective policy formulation and appropriate resource allocation in countering
hate-motivated incidents and, in this context, also invites the participating States to facilitate
the capacity development of civil society to contribute in monitoring and reporting hatemotivated
incidents and to assist victims of hate crimes;

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14. Encourages the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR),
based on existing commitments, including through co-operation with relevant OSCE
executive structures:

(c) To continue its close co-operation with other relevant inter-governmental agencies
and civil society working in the field of promoting mutual respect and understanding
and combating intolerance and discrimination, including through hate crime data
collection;

(d) To continue to serve as a collection point for information and statistics on hate crimes
and relevant legislation provided by participating States and to make this information
publicly available through its Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Information System
and its report on Challenges and Responses to Hate-Motivated Incidents in the OSCE
Region;

(e) To strengthen, within existing resources, its early warning function to identify, report
and raise awareness on hate-motivated incidents and trends and to provide
recommendations and assistance to participating States, upon their request, in areas
where more adequate responses are needed;

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