World Without Nazism reported a series of incidents of property damage to Thai restaurants and shops.
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Report Data - Finland - 2013
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.
World Without Nazism reported one incident of the desecration of a place of worship.
In its fourth report, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) recommended that Finland reinforce training provided to members of the justice system on legislation relating to racism and racial discrimination, improve the monitoring of racist acts and ensure that racist crimes are duly punished under relevant national hate crime legislation.
ODIHR observes that Finland has not reported information on the numbers of prosecuted or sentenced hate crime cases to ODIHR.
In spring 2013 the Ministry of the Interior's Committee for Monitoring on Discrimination published a study on access to justice that includes data about the effectiveness of redress mechanisms in discrimination (including hate crime) cases. The study noted some difficulties faced by the persons vulnerable to discrimination when identifying and using the appropriate redress mechanisms. The victims interviewed for the study were, however, prepared to file a new complaint in case of another incident.
Official figures record 806 racist and xenophobic hate crimes. Of these, 513 were physical assaults including three attempted murders, 110 cases of damage to property/vandalism, 96 cases of threats, 37 cases of disturbance of the peace and 50 other crimes.
Finland reported 58 anti-religious crimes, including 17 physical assaults, 20 cases of damage to property/vandalism, ten cases of threats, eight cases of disturbance of domestic peace and three other crimes.
Hate crimes reported under this category cover all anti-religious hate crime, without disaggregation by faith. Finland also reported cases of criminal defamation, discrimination, and incitement to hatred, which are not included in the overall figure.
Official law-enforcement figures recorded 35 hate crimes, including 26 physical assaults based on bias against LGBT, six 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 cases of criminal defamation, discrimination, and incitement to hatred, which are not included in the overall figure.
Official law-enforcement figures recorded five cases of crimes based on bias towards people with disabilities including a physical assault, one case of damage to property and three cases of threats.
Finland also reported cases of criminal defamation and discrimination which are not included in the overall figure.