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International: Disability hate crime recorded in very few countries

Posted 21/11-10 at 15.35

A report on hate crime for 2009, from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), shows that only eleven of its 56 members record data on disability-related incidents.Of the eleven, but three - Belgium, Germany and the UK - made a return on this issue in 2009.

One case was reported in Belgium and 26 in Germany. England and Wales were by far the most assiduous, with police reporting 1,476 crimes motivated by bias against disabled people and 576 prosecutions.


Editorial comment: It is extremely worrying that so few countries are concerned to record hate crime against disabled people. England and Wales stand out as exceptional, but even here it is recognised that the real extent of these crimes are probably underreported. The failure internationally to understand and deal with disability hate crime is a disgrace and a clear abrogation of duties under the CRPD, ratified by most countries in the OSCE. For example, Article 17 mandates that ‘ Every person with disabilities has a right to respect for his or her physical and mental integrity on an equal basis with other' and Article 31 calls on states to collect relevant statistics on disability so as, ‘to formulate and implement policies to give effect to the present Convention.'



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