Rights Agencies: Surge in Anti-Semitism Shows Need for Action on Hate Crimes

By Michael Lipin

Washington

03 August 2009

International organizations and rights activists say the global outbreak of anti-Semitism earlier this year highlights the need for many countries to take stronger action against hate crimes. They say governments can combat future waves of violence against Jews and other religious and ethnic groups through better monitoring of incidents and passing laws to punish the perpetrators more firmly.

New York-based rights group “Human Rights First” says the recent surge in global anti-Semitism shows that many countries have failed to take comprehensive action against violent hate crimes.

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