SETA reported two physical assaults, one against participants in a pride event in Helsinki and one against a speaker affiliated with the event who was attacked with pepper spray.
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Report Data - Finland - 2012
Based on a MoU with ODIHR, the Finnish police have been implementing the TAHCLE programme. Around 900 officers have received training on hate crimes to date. Training events have contributed to a measured increase in identification of hate motive (24 per cent in 2016 to 39 per cent in 2017).
The Ministry of Interior increased funding to address hate crime, which was identified as a priority area in the Police Strategy in 2016. The funding was used, among other things, to appoint 25 hate crime specialists to Helsinki Police Department.
Since December 2017, the Ministry of Justice has been co-ordinating an EU-funded project called Against Hate. One of the main objectives of the project is to further develop the national reporting mechanisms, especially regarding statistics on prosecution and sentencing of hate crime. The project also aims at enhancing the capacity of the police, prosecutors and judges to act against hate crime and hate speech, and to develop support services for victims of hate crime.
As part of the EU-funded project PROXIMITY, the Ministry of Justice is supporting the capacities of local authorities and especially municipal policing to prevent and identify hate crimes and other forms of intolerance.
The UN Human Rights Council, in its Universal Periodic Review, encouraged Finland to continue its efforts to ensure racially motivated crimes are promptly identified, investigated and prosecuted.
During his visit to Finland, Nils Muižnieks, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, welcomed the specific prohibition on hate crimes based on a bias against sexual orientation and encouraged the inclusion of grounds based on bias against gender identity.
ODIHR observes that Finland has not reported information on the numbers of prosecuted or sentenced hate crime cases to ODIHR.
Official figures record 737 racist and xenophobic hate crimes. Of these, 510 were physical assaults, 105 cases of damage to property/vandalism, 15 cases of disturbance of the peace and 107 cases of threats.
Finland also reported 143 cases of criminal defamation, 26 of discrimination, and 51 other cases, which are not included in the overall figure.
Finland reported 31 anti-religious crimes, including one homicide, 15 physical assaults, one case of damage to property/vandalism, six cases of disturbance of domestic peace and eight cases of threats.
Hate crimes reported under this category cover all anti-religious hate crime, without disaggregation by faith.
Finland also reported one case of criminal defamation, 10 cases of discrimination and 10 other cases, which are not included in the overall figure.
Official law-enforcement figures recorded 60 hate crimes, including 54 physical assaults based on bias against LGBT, three cases of disturbance of the peace, two cases of damage to property and one case of threats.
Official data were reported separately for LGB and transgender hate crime but are presented together here.
Finland also reported three cases of criminal defamation, four of discrimination and four other cases, which are not included in the overall figure.
Official law-enforcement figures recorded eight cases of crimes based on bias towards people with disabilities including three physical assaults, four cases of disturbance of the peace, and one case of damage to property.
Finland also reported eight cases of criminal defamation and three of discrimination, which are not included in the overall figure.