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Report reveals the high rate of racial hatred in Europe

A new report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights has revealed that, across Europe, millions of people are subjected to violence and harassment because of their skin colour, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation or disability. However, the report adds, "up to nine out of ten hate crime cases are not reported to the police."

The report highlights that many victims believe that reporting the crime "will not change anything", explaining that some victims "find it very difficult to report or mistrust the police," according to Euronews.

Failure to report hate crimes has serious consequences, the agency says, "Unreported hate crimes cannot be investigated or prosecuted, leading to impunity and emboldening perpetrators."

The report stated, "The failure to report the aforementioned crimes will be a stumbling block in compensating the affected, as the urgent need today is to take practical measures," stressing that "victims who do not report such crimes will not receive appropriate treatment or the necessary support."

"Some minorities are exposed to violence twice as often as the general population," says the EU agency, which relied on opinion polling bodies in its report.

According to opinion polls that the agency relied on, “9% of all respondents have experienced physical violence in the previous five years, the percentage is higher for those who belong to an ethnic minority (22%)” and the questionnaire explains that “for those who define themselves as from Gay or self-identified people make up 19%, and those who experience severe limitations in their usual activities due to a disability or health problem make up 17%.”

Michael O'Flaherty, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, said it was the duty of EU states to ensure that everyone had access to justice, stressing that "too many hate crime victims do not report being attacked and many countries do not properly record hate crimes." The mother should reconsider it and change this reality,” he said, explaining that “states must simplify reporting processes and improve hate crime registration and investigation procedures to fully support the rights of victims.”