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Addressing anti-Muslim hate crimes and the security needs of Muslim communities

On December 8, the Romanian Institute for Human Rights participated in the webinar on ”Addressing anti-Muslim hate crimes and the security needs of Muslim communitites”, organized by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), part ofthe Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

The main purpose of the meeting was the official launch of the publication “Understanding anti-Muslim hate crimes - addressing the security needs of Muslim communities: A practical guide”. The guide was designed to assist the governments in their actions to prevent and combat hate crimes, including through an analysis of security risks and actions needed to improve the ability of police and other institutions to meet security needs of Muslim communities. A presentation of this guide can be found in the ”Human Rights” review

On this occasion participants discussed issues such as anti-Muslim intolerance, hate crimes and the impact on the lives of those targeted, vulnerable groups and the security needs of Muslim communities, while exploring solutions and answers to address these aspects.

The event was attended byrepresentatives of OSCE participating States, international organizations, civil society, academic and human rights institutions, religious or belief communities, interfaith organizations, as well as media outlets, who concluded that hate- motivated violence threatens not only the security of individuals and communities, but also of societies in the OSCE region and beyond.

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