Georgia regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Georgia's Criminal Code includes general and specific penalty-enhancement provisions for hate crimes, as well as substantive offences. Georgia’s data do not report cases of discrimination and persecution separately. The Information-Analytical Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Central Administration of Prosecutors of the Ministry of Justice, the Statistical Office and the Supreme Court all collect hate crime statistics.


Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2016 42 42 15
2015 22 5 5
2014 19 7 8
2013 Not available Not available Not available
2012 13 5 Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

National developments

Georgia introduced a new article into the criminal code to include public incitement to violence. The Human Rights Protection Unit of the Chief Prosecutor's Office of Georgia has elaborated a recommendation regarding the application of Article 53 §3(1) of the Criminal Code of Georgia that prescribes the commission of crimes with bias motive as an aggravating circumstance of criminal liability. The recommendation concerned issues such as the qualification of hate crimes, the investigation process and the collection of evidence and relevant statistical data. The recommendation was considered and evaluated by experts from the European Union and was disseminated among the employees of the Prosecutor's Office. Georgian authorities reported positive trends in investigation and prosecution statistics were visible following its dissemination.

Key observation

ODIHR observes that Georgia has not made public reliable data and statistics on hate crimes.