Hate-crime legislation

You can view the ODIHR guidelines on ‘Hate crime laws’ here.

As early as 1966, the United Nations passed the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which addresses racially motivated violence in addition to ethnic discrimination. In 2008, the European Union created a legal instrument against hate crime, the Framework Decision on Combating Racism and Xenophobia. In Germany, a revision of section 130 of the Criminal Code was undertaken in March 2008. A debate on the effect of hate-motivated crime on fixing penalties in Germany, as suggested by a draft amendment to section 46 of the Criminal Code, has not yet been wrapped up.

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