November 18, 2019

2018 Hate Crime Data

Source: osce
Marking the International Day for Tolerance, ODIHR has published its hate crime data for 2018. Find out more here.

The 2018 data contain information provided by participating States, civil society and international organizations. This includes official data reported by 41 states, including disaggregated official hate crime statistics for 25 countries.

The data also include information on hate incidents in 44 participating States, as reported by 178 civil society groups, UNHCR, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and OSCE missions.

For further information, the press release is available here.

You can find out more about how we collect our data in the Frequently Asked Questions.
Consult the 2018 data here.

Disaggregated incident data

Incident data reported by these sources can be comprehensively searched, filtered and downloaded. This can be done by country, by bias motivation and by type of incident.
You can view all of the incidents reported to ODIHR here.

Key Findings

The infographic below provides an overview of our key findings for 2018.


For centuries, Jews were persecuted as a religious minority. In the modern era, antisemitism has emerged as a political ideology that claims Jews control the world and are to be blamed for phenomena such as capitalism and communism. Antisemitism, including the belief that Jews are racially inferior, was the driving force behind the Holocaust. Anti-Semitic narratives, such as blood libel, continue to be heard today. Complex contemporary challenges like the financial crisis or the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians are reduced to placing blame on Jews, drawing on such antisemitic stereotypes and conspiracy theories. Contemporary manifestations of antisemitism also revolve around the Holocaust, with some blaming the Holocaust on Jews or suggesting that Jews focus on this tragedy to gain an advantage. Denying the Holocaust is one way of expressing antisemitism. ODIHR's reporting demonstrates that anti-Semitic hate incidents involve attacks against Jews both on religious and on ethnic grounds. Attempted arson, graffiti on synagogues, assaults on persons wearing religious garments, the desecration of graves and cases of murder have all been reported to ODIHR. Some civil society groups have reported a spike in incidents in connection with the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, Holocaust remembrance days, and other Nazi-related anniversaries.