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Book on Hate Crime, Incitement to Hatred and Hate Speech published

14 September 2016

NHC is excited to announce the publication of the book Criminal Law on Hate Crime, Incitement to Hatred and Hate Speech in OSCE Participating States by human rights researcher Alexander Verkhovsky. The book is a comparative analysis of laws on hate crime and related matters in all 57 OSCE participating states.

“The NHC is proud to have been able to assist in the publication of this important comparative study on a subject that unfortunately is of great importance all over the OSCE region at this moment,” – commented Pepijn Gerrits, executive director of the NHC.

Criminal Law on Hate Crime, Incitement to Hatred and Hate Speech in OSCE Participating States provides an exhaustive overview of the legal regulation of activities commonly referred to as ‘hate crimes’. It complements the overview with a brilliant analysis of the legal procedure regarding groups inciting hate crimes. The book includes an extensive annex that will familiarize readers with various national legislations. Last but not the least, it elucidates the differences between the concepts of hate crimes, public incitement to hatred and hate speech.

The author, Alexander Verkhovsky, is the director of SOVA Center for Information and Analysis in Moscow. SOVA Center carries out research on a wide array of topics and has published more than thirty research based books. The thematic areas span from ultra-nationalism and hate crimes to misuse of anti-extremism legislation. SOVA Center also focuses on various issues pertinent to religion in contemporary Russian society.

The book, written in Russian, owes its English translation to Ilya Danshyn. Editing was done by Karen Olson. The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) also provided support for the publication of the book.

Follow this link to take a look at the book.