Latvia

Latvia regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Latvia’s Criminal Code contains a general penalty enhancement. Data reported to ODIHR also contain incitement to hatred offences. Data are collected by the Ministry of Interior, law enforcement agencies, the Department of Analysis and Management of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Courts Administration unit of the Ministry of Justice and the Security Police of the Republic of Latvia. Data are not made publicly available.

Legislation | TANDIS

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Official country information

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced
2015   11 1 5
2014   13 7 9
2013   22 0 892
2012   18 2 2
2011   12 1 2
2010   7 4 5
2009   6 7 8

Civil society information

Overview of incidents reported by civil society

Bias Motivation Attacks Against People Attacks Against Property
Violent Attacks Threats
Bias against Muslims001
Total001
Grand Total1

Reports

Bias against Muslims
  • SETA and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported one incident of graffiti on a mosque.

IGO information

Reports

Bias against Muslims
  • Reported incidents are included in the above section.

ODIHR key observations

ODIHR observes that Latvia has not reported on hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech.