Hate crime threatens European ideals of equality and human rights. The Quaker Council for European Affairs has produced a new background paper to raise awareness of hate crime and promote effective policies to reduce it. Read our background paper to find out why the small proportion of crime that is motivated by hatred, has such a major impact on individual victims and the wider community.

The background paper surveys the main issues around hate crime in the European Union. It considers the phenomenon from a range of perspectives and identifies policies needed to prevent and respond to hate crime. The relationship between hate crime, the far-right and wider social conflict is explored to show the consequences of failing to take effective measures to address it.

To read ‘Hate crime against racial and religious groups in the EU: prevention and restoration’ click here.

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