Helsinki Committee launches a portal for reporting hate-crimes
The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia presented the portal “Report Hate-Crimes” (www.zlostorstvaodomraza.com) which allows the citizens to report hate-crimes and hate-incidents. The portal offers a map with registered and reported hate-crime incidents in Macedonia.
The idea of the OSCE-funded project “Monitoring and Reporting Hate-Crimes”, under which the portal operates, is to try and provide a realistic presentation of the ways in which Macedonia deals with hate-crime cases.
“We have repeatedly noted in our reports that hate-speech could generate hate-crimes, which is actually happening. Especially if we take into consideration the fact that often, and in particular in cases involving the LGBT community, hate-speech incidents are perpetrated or backed by officials of certain Government ministries”, Uranija Pirovska, MHC Executive Director said at the presentation held at the EU Infocentre in Skopje.
Since the launch of the project in March 2013, the Helsinki Committee has recorded dozens of hate-crimes and has requested information and cooperation from all 32 courts and 22 public prosecution offices with competences in the field.