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Hate Crime Laws (a Practical Guide)

Hate Crime Laws (a Practical Guide)

Author: Organization For Security And Cooperation In Europe (osce)

Category: Civil , Criminal & Adr

Date Published: Friday, 27-August-2021 3:22:48 PM

Crimes motivated by intolerance towards certain groups in society are described as hate crimes. Such crimes have the potential to divide societies, and to create cycles of violence and retaliation. For this reason, a vigorous response to such crimes is necessary. Hate crime laws are important. By explicitly condemning bias motives, they send a message to offenders that a just and humane society will not tolerate such behavior. By recognizing the harm done to victims, they convey to individual victims and to their communities the understanding that the criminal justice system serves to protect them.