ILGA-Europe and Seta reported two incidents of threats and harassment. One incident involved a gay student who was repeatedly harassed physically and sexually, leading him to attempt to take his own life. In the other incident, two gay men were threatened with a gun.
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Report Data - Finland - 2014
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.
ODIHR observes that Finland has not reported information on the numbers of prosecuted hate crime cases to ODIHR.
The Ministry of the Interior completed a two-year project to combat racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance, including hate crime and hate speech. The project developed indicators for measuring inter-cultural and community relations, and tested good practices to prevent conflicts and build confidence. Partners from Sweden and Northern Ireland participated in the project. In addition to the framework of indicators, a conference was organized and three publications were drafted: "A Toolkit to Promote Good Relations", "A Report on the Prevention of Xenophobia and Social Risks" and anti-racist material prepared by Sweden. Reports are available in Finnish and Swedish.
Official figures record 829 racist and xenophobic hate crimes. Of these, one was a homicide, 461 were physical assaults including three attempted murders, 80 cases of damage to property or vandalism, 33 cases of theft, 132 cases of threats, 38 cases of disturbance of the peace, and 84 other crimes.
Finland reported 71 anti-religious crimes, including 31 physical assaults, eight cases of damage to property/vandalism, 18 cases of threats, three cases of disturbance of domestic peace, four cases of theft and seven other crimes.
Hate crimes reported under this category cover all anti-religious hate crime, without disaggregation by faith.
Official law-enforcement figures recorded 40 hate crimes based on bias against LGBT, including 21 physical assaults, one case of disturbance of the peace, four cases of damage to property, nine cases of threats and five other crimes.
Official data were reported separately for LGB and transgender hate crime but are presented together here.
Official law-enforcement figures recorded 14 cases of crimes based on bias towards people with disabilities, including eight physical assaults, one case of damage to property, two thefts and three cases of threats.