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Action and Protection Foundation in Budapest Releases Reports


The Brussels Institute of the Action and Protection Foundation in Budapest has released its May and June 2013 reports on antisemitic hate crimes and incidents.

The reports are part of a new program to monitor antisemitism in Hungary, which is the first time an independent civil association provides comprehensive monthly overviews on the status of antisemitism in Hungary. 

The Brussels Institute, founded by the Action and Protection Foundation, carries out the monitoring of antisemitic hate crime in accordance with methods proposed by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).  In addition to the monitoring reports, the Foundation plans a comprehensive research project for 2013-2014 as well as a survey regarding the current situation concerning antisemitism. 

The program also includes the development of a differentiated training program that prepares different levels and participants of the state administration to take action against antisemitic incidents, in the form of teaching materials for curricula and further education.  The program is financed by private donations, funding bids, and state subsidies. 

The Hungarian government supports the establishment of the monitoring system to provide scientific analytical reports on Hungarian antisemitic phenomena as well as the responses given to them.  The Brussels Institute and the Hungarian government signed an agreement on 27 June 2013, which also prepares a basis for the use of relevant data in judicial, criminal, and other state administrative databanks in order to achieve the highest possible monitoring and research objectives.