Human Rights First has done a valuable service by publishing this report on hate crimes in Europe and North America. It exposes the extent of physical and verbal attacks based on bias, hate and intolerance. It reveals the lack of protection by states through laws and reporting mechanisms, and the widespread indifference to the suffering caused to victims often afraid to complain... --Mary Robinson, Chair, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative
The work carried out by Human Rights First serves a vital purpose in providing an external, community-based, scrutiny and analysis of developing or ongoing trends in hate-motivated crime. National governments and police authorities should welcome this additional scrutiny and regard Human Rights First as a critical friend, with a necessary and constructive role to play in the campaign to stop hate. --Tim Parsons, Head of Diversity, City of London Police
This report is a crucial contribution to promoting human rights in Europe today. A disturbing pattern of discriminatory attacks has emerged and reports like this one from Human Rights First are needed to challenge the complacency and indifference of European institutions. --Joshua Rubenstein, Northeast Regional Director, Amnesty International USA
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Human Rights First believes that building respect for human rights and the rule of law will help ensure the dignity to which every individual is entitled and will stem tyranny, extremism, intolerance, and violence. Human Rights First protects people at risk: refugees who flee persecution, victims of crimes against humanity or other mass human rights violations, victims of discrimination, those whose rights are eroded in the name of national security, and human rights advocates who are targeted for defending the rights of others. These groups are often the first victims of societal instability and breakdown; their treatment is a harbinger of wider-scale repression. Human Rights First works to prevent violations against these groups and to seek justice and accountability for violations against them. Human Rights First is practical and effective. We advocate for change at the highest levels of national and international policymaking. We seek justice through the courts. We raise awareness and understanding through the media. We build coalitions among those with divergent views. And we mobilize people to act. Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington D.C. To maintain our independence, we accept no government funding.