The Netherlands have reported hate crime data to ODIHR. The Netherlands' Criminal Code contains no hate crime provision. The framework for hate crime investigation and prosecution is set by guidance from the Office of the Public Prosecutor. Authorities primarily responsible for hate crime data collection are the National Police and the National Expertise Centre on Discrimination of the Office of the Public Prosecutor. Police statistics are published annually. The Central Bureau of Statistics conducts annual crime victimization surveys.
The Anne Frank House was granted access to the database of police crime reports in order to identify hate crimes and other discriminatory crimes, and to publicize this information. The resulting annual Monitoring Report provides an authoritative overview of hate crimes recorded by the police.
Incidents reported by civil society, international organizations and the Holy See
The Israel Information and Documentation Centre reported two incidents of vandalism.read more ›
The Israel Information and Documentation Center reported one attempted murder; five physical assaults, including one that caused serious injuries and another that involved damage to property; four cases of damage to property; 23 incidents of vandalism, 16 of which involved graffiti; and one incident of the desecration of graves. The Israel Information and Documentation Center and the European Center for Democracy Development reported one incident of vandalism that involved the use of anti-Semitic stickers.read more ›
SETA and Turkish Forum Netherlands reported one physical assault on a Muslim woman. SETA also reported one incident of graffiti targeting a number of houses. Turkish Forum Netherlands reported three physical assaults carried out by large groups, two of which targeted women; two threats; four arson attacks targeting mosques, one shop and the building housing a Turkish association; eight incidents of damage to property, four of which targeted mosques; five incidents of graffiti, and one incident of desecration.read more ›
ILGA-Europe and COC Nederland reported five physical assaults on LGBT people, including one incident involving extortion, two carried out by groups, one incident involving the use of a weapon and two incidents causing serious injuries. The victims included four gay men and one transgender woman. A further incident of threats to a transgender woman from Syria was reported.read more ›
In its "Concluding observations on the combined nineteenth to twenty-first periodic reports of the Netherlands", the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) recommended introducing racist motivation as an aggravating circumstance in criminal legislation. CERD also suggested that national authorities consider simplifying the legal requirements to punish hate crimes.
Following its mission to the Netherlands, the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent encouraged the adoption of legislation that imposes higher penalties for hate crimes and expressed concern that hate crimes are under-reported and under-prosecuted. It also recommended that the scope of data collected on hate crimes should be expanded, including by offering more victim surveys.
ODIHR observes that the Netherlands have not reported on cases of hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech and/or discrimination.