Cyprus last reported hate crime data to ODIHR for 2012. Cypriot law includes a general enhancement provision and substantive offences. When reported, the data do not present cases of hate crime and incitement to hatred separately. Data are collected by Cyprus Police.
Civil society information
No information is available.
Racism and xenophobia
In its fifth report on Cyprus, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) recommended that the police be clearly instructed to investigate and record the bias motivation of hate crimes. ECRI also underlined the need to collect data on the application of aggravating circumstance provisions, which should be a factor in the development of an electronic filing system for the courts.
The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, in the annual activity report following his country visit to Cyprus, stressed the need to counter hate crime targeting migrants.
The Advisory Committee of Council of Europe on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, in its Fourth Opinion on Cyprus, urged the authorities to improve the recording and investigation of hate crimes, as well as the sentencing of those found guilty, and to raise awareness in victim communities of available remedies.
ODIHR observes that Cyprus has not reported reliable statistics on hate crimes to ODIHR.