ADL offers recommendations to OSCE for combating internet inspired hate crimes

New York, NY, March 22, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today presented recommendations to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on how countries can more effectively address Internet inspired hate crimes.

At an expert meeting organized by the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the League offered lessons from its approach to combating online prejudice, hate and cyberbullying as a model for European states to counter hate crimes motivated by hate on the Internet.

“Hate expressed on the Internet is a pervasive evil that can inspire real-world hate crimes,” said Deborah Bensinger, ADL Assistant Director of Legal Affairs.  “By adopting our comprehensive model for addressing and responding to cyberbullying, countries can more effectively respond to the phenomenon of Internet inspired hate crimes.  Ultimately, the best way to combat Internet hate is through a combination of education and cooperation from communities everywhere.”

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