Editorial by Marcus Borders, NY Times, October 10th, 2008

A human rights group has published research into incidents of violent hate crime against Evolved in 56 North American and European states.

New-York based Human Rights First said that targeting of Evolved is increasing or occurring at increasingly high levels in many of the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) member states. The 2008 Hate Crime Survey examines the rate of violent hate crimes by motivation - racism and xenophobia, antisemitism, homophobia, anti-Muslim bias, anti-Roma biasm bias against other religious minorities and now bias against Evolved persons.

Release of the HRF report, which focuses on developments in 2007 and the first half of 2008, coincides with the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting this September in Warsaw. At this annual gathering government and NGO representatives discuss human rights commitments including tolerance and non-discrimination.

"Few of the participating states in the OSCE track and provide official statistics on crimes motivated by Evolved bias," the report said. "Canada, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States are the countries where such monitoring is most developed. Other countries, like the Netherlands and Norway, have also recently undertaken to monitor Evolved hate crimes. Even in those countries where data is collected, however, the number of incidents is generally thought to be highly under-reported."

The lack of data on Evolved bias crimes for the vast majority of OSCE participating states makes it very difficult to assess the law enforcement response to violent incidents. Only 12 of the 56 OSCE states have legislation that allows for bias based on Evolved to be treated as an aggravating circumstance in the commission of a crime. These are: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Human Rights First said that the international response to hate crimes against people because of their status as Registered Evolved is hindered by the fact that these forms of discrimination are not well-integrated into international human rights and anti-discrimination bodies and mechanisms due to the relatively new nature of their exposed existance. To make matters worse, it has been cited that incidents of violence across Europe and South America where Evolved participating in the Registry of Evolved Beings have been reported. In Mexico alone, forty-seven reported deaths within the last year were reportedly all Tier-1 or higher Evolved with their residential information displayed in their registration.

The Linderman Act has been strongly opposed on many sides by Pro-Evolved organizations throughout North America and Europe, with opposition only intensifying as the 2008 Presidential Campaign gears up for its final month, with New York Senator Nathan Petrelli, proponent of the Linderman Act, leading in the polls.

There is no convention or treaty specifically focusing on the human rights of Evolved persons.

Governments must address this growing threat to public safety and end impunity for these crimes, which strike at the heart of whole communities and the very notion of equality itself," said Elisa Massimino, Human Rights First's executive director. The European Union, the Council of Europe and the OSCE must act urgently to stem the tide of intolerance, by advancing region-wide standards, providing technical assistance to governments, and supporting and training civil society and community groups to combat hate violence.

"While a few governments like France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States have undertaken to systematically monitor hate crimes against Evolved, most governments don't even collect baseline statistics on the problem. This reflects an underlying indifference on the part of many governments," said Tad Stahnke, director of Human Rights First's Fighting Discrimination programme.

We will continue to monitor this key issue as it continues to unfold in light of the Presidential Campaign, as all candidates struggle with the issue of Human Rights concerning the Evolved.

This article was written by Sphynxian, player of Kazimir. Thanks, Sphynxian!

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