ANKARA 

More than 5,700 hate crimes were reported last year in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) region, a report said Friday. 

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) published its 2018 hate crime data, reporting 5,735 incidents.

“On the International Day for Tolerance, this is our contribution to support the important fight against intolerance and discrimination in the OSCE region,” it said.

ODIHR Director Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir urged countries to implement hate crime legislation that has existed in their law books for many years.

“We must be clear that bias-motivated crime is not a

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