Germany

Germany regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Germany's criminal code contains a sentencing provision applicable to any crime in the code. Hate crime data are collected as part of its framework to address politically-motivated crimes. Data on hate crime and hate speech are collected together. However, authorities are able to disaggregate data on violent offences. The authorities responsible for data collection include the police at the state and federal levels and the Federal Statistics Office. Germany conducts a hate crime victimization survey.

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Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2017 7913 Not available Not available
2016 3598 Not available Not available
2015 3046 Not available Not available
2014 3059 Not available Not available
2013 4647 Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

One criminal incident can be recorded with more than one bias motivation in the below breakdown.

National developments

A victimization survey has been conducted, with results expected in November 2018. The survey included questions about motives of the perpetrators.

The Ministers of Justice of the German Länder decided to collect judicial data on hate crime. This will include the number of investigations initiated and concluded, and, in the case of convictions, the sanction imposed.

The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), which belongs to the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), declared a "Day of Action against Hate Crime" as a reaction to the increasing number of cases.

The Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) tasked the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN) and the German Police University (DHPol) to develop a study on "Best practices of co-operation between safety authorities and civil society concerning the avoidance of crime guided by prejudices". The two-year project should lead to police learning from good international practice and to improved collaboration with civil society organizations.

Key observation

ODIHR observes that Germany has not reported the numbers of prosecuted and/or information on sentenced hate crime cases to ODIHR.