Ilga-Europe report on the rights of LGBTI people in Europe and Central Asia

Here we want to share the eleventh report published by Ilga-Europe on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people in Europe and Central Asia. The Ilga-Europe report analyzes the impact of regulations and policies on the lives of LGBTI people in each European country. The 2021 report is based on events between January […]

Policy Brief: Hate Crime Victim Support

The policy brief identifies gaps in policy related to hate crime victim support and makes recommendations to the participating States of the OSCE that can also be useful for the international policy community. The brief is designed for decision- and policymakers, advisers and analysts at the national, regional and international levels who are responsible for […]

Policy Brief Specialist Support for Hate Crime Victims

This policy brief has been developed within the framework of the Enhancing Stakeholder Awareness and Resources for Hate Crime Victim Support Project (EStAR), implemented jointly by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Association of Counseling Centers for Victims of Right-Wing, Racist and Antisemitic Violence in Germany (VBRG). It is […]

Placing victims at the heart of hate crime response

In order to address hate crimes globally and effectively, it is necessary to consider the problem in all its shapes. An essential and often overlooked component is the support for victims. In this regard, the biennial project EStAR aims to Improve Stakeholder Awareness and Resources for Supporting Victims of Hate Crimes. The ODIHR Project will […]

Structural Arrangements to Hate Crime Victim Support

Hate crime victim support requires that victims can access the services they need to fully recover from a hate crime, understand and participate in criminal justice processes and regain their agency. Yet in most countries, the structural arrangements required for an effective and comprehensive hate crime victim support system are not in place or need […]

Manual on Effective and Secure Referral of Victims

A referral mechanism is the means of connecting victims of crime and the support services that will best help them recover from the events that led to the individual becoming a victim. In order to help victims of crime, a victim centric approach is necessary. To meet the needs of victims, access to support must […]

Model Quality Standards for Hate Crime Victim Support

A “victim-centred” approach requires putting the victim at the centre of the response to hate crime, recognising and working with the victim’s perspective as well as their needs. The principle of a victim-centred approach also applies to quality standards for hate crime victim support. It means understanding service seekers’ reasonable entitlements to quality service. This guide […]

Model Guidance on Individual Needs Assessments of Hate Crime Victims

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has produced a series of resources and tools to assist and support participating States. Within the framework of the Enhancing Stakeholder Awareness and Resources for Hate Crime Victim Support (EStAR) project, OSCE produced a report on Understanding the Needs of Hate Crime Victims. This model […]

EU Guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief

Adopted in 2013, the EU Guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief contain toolkits and directions on how the EU should preserve and support freedom of religion or belief in its external action. This document aims to offer an orientation to European policies aimed at the protection of people of all […]

Intersectional discrimination in Europe: relevance, challenges and ways forward

Intersectionality has gained increasing attention in Europe, both in academic and policy fields. The concept gives policy makers and sociologists the opportunity to approach inequality, capturing discrimination patterns which tend to be invisibilised or overlooked. Instead of relying solely on single-axis frameworks, an intersectional approach caters to the multidimensionality of people’s experiences and identities. Intersectionality […]