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Report Data - Germany - 2012

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2017 7913 Not available Not available
2016 3598 Not available Not available
2015 3046 Not available Not available
2014 3059 Not available Not available
2013 4647 Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

National developments

A victimization survey has been conducted, with results expected in November 2018. The survey included questions about motives of the perpetrators.

The Ministers of Justice of the German Länder decided to collect judicial data on hate crime. This will include the number of investigations initiated and concluded, and, in the case of convictions, the sanction imposed.

The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), which belongs to the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), declared a "Day of Action against Hate Crime" as a reaction to the increasing number of cases.

The Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) tasked the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN) and the German Police University (DHPol) to develop a study on "Best practices of co-operation between safety authorities and civil society concerning the avoidance of crime guided by prejudices". The two-year project should lead to police learning from good international practice and to improved collaboration with civil society organizations.

NGO reports 
Organization Report 

The Amadeu Antonio Foundation reported 34 physical assaults, including five by a group, and eight resulting in serious injury. The attacks included physical assaults against a man of African descent who was cleaning bathrooms in a nightclub; against a woman and her children, involving pepper spray; an attack against an Indian student, resulting in his hospitalization; against a Greek restaurant owner resulting in his hospitalization; against two men by a group, resulting in the hospitalization of one man; against an activist supporting Iranian refugees, resulting in his hospitalization; and against a Vietnamese man, almost killing him, in a prison. The victims were mainly people of African descent, and also included several people of Turkish background, a Lebanese woman with her children, a Greek man, a Chinese student and an Indian student.

The Amadeu Antonio Foundation reported a further 14 cases of damage to property, including five arson attacks against houses for asylum seekers, a migrant family’s house and a Lebanese restaurant; and seven incidents of damage to property and/ or graffiti, including on a house for asylum seekers, on both a Turkish restaurant, and an Asian owned restaurant; a series of attacks against another restaurant, including graffiti and bottles being thrown; damage to the home of a Kenyan man after he was followed home; graffiti and property damage against a Turkish family’s house, including sausages being put in shoes outside the front door.

The Amadeu Antonio Foundation reported the desecration of a memorial plaque commemorating racist attacks in Rostock and three cases of threats, including against a man trying to protect another from a racist attack and a threat with a knife against a woman.

Victims' Perspective reported two arson attacks – one against a Turkish snack bar and one against an Asian snack bar – two cases of threats, including one involving a bottle against a Cameroonian man that was stopped by passersby, and one against a Nigerian man; 11 physical assaults, including five resulting in serious injury and three carried out by a group. The victims included a Pakistani street vendor, a man from Angola, a woman from Afghanistan, men from Romania and Kenya, a man of Turkish background, a child at school and a Bosnian family.

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Bias Motivation 
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Reports
Organization Report 

The Amadeu Antonio Foundation reported eight anti-Semitic cases of desecration of memorial plaques; seven cases of desecration of cemeteries; three physical assaults, including against a rabbi involving threats and resulting in serious injury, against two Jewish women, and against a group of teenagers by masked men; four cases of damage to property; four cases of desecration of a synagogue, including one incident of urinating in the entrance to the prayer room.

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Organization Report 

Inssan reported one physical assault by a group against a girl wearing a headscarf, one case of damage to a mosque, one case of desecration that involved a pig’s head being left in front of a mosque and one case of graffiti on a mosque. The Amadeu Antonio Foundation reported four cases of desecration of mosques, including graffiti, and an incident where two pigs’ heads were left at the entrance of a mosque. Victim's Perspective reported one physical assault against a girl wearing a headscarf.

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Organization Report 

The Observatory on Intolerance Against Christians reported one incident in which a Christian icon in a public place was vandalized and two cases of vandalism against a church.

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Reports
Organization Report 

RAA Saxony reported the murder of an older man perceived to have mental health problems. The Amadeu Antonio Foundation reported two physical assaults against homeless men.

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Reports
Organization Report 

Transgender Europe (TGEU) reported three physical assaults against transgender people, including one involving an attack using a car. TGEU reported a further physical assault by a group resulting in serious injuries. The Lesbian and Gay Federation Cologne reported two cases of serious physical assault, both against gay couples. The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL) reported a case of physical assault against two gay Swedish women outside a gay club in Berlin. MANEO and the Amadeu Antonio Foundation reported physical assaults against two gay men in a park; and one threat with a knife against two gay men on public transport. In addition, MANEO reported a further murder, one attempted murder, 36 robberies, ten burglaries, 48 assaults, 49 sexual assaults involving threats, one rape and two cases of damage to property.

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ODIHR Recommendations 

ODIHR observes that Germany has not reported on hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech and/or discrimination.

National Developments 
Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures record 2,922 xenophobic crimes, 415 of which involved violence, and 584 racist crimes, 98 of which involved violence.

Bias Motivation 
Organization Report 

All offenses reported as violent crimes are categorized here as physical assaults.

Bias Motivation 
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Developments
Organization Report 

Following a series of murders committed by the right-wing extremist group NSU in winter 2011, the German police and domestic intelligence authorities set up the Gemeinsames Abwehrzentrum Rechtsextremismus (GAR), a co-ordination platform to counter right-wing extremism with representatives from the federal and regional government. The primary objective of GAR is to strengthen government efforts to successfully combat right wing extremist crime by improving co-ordination and information exchange among law enforcement authorities.

Bias Motivation 
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Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures recorded 1,374 anti-Semitic hate crimes, 41 of which involved violence.

Bias Motivation 
Organization Report 

All offenses reported as violent crimes are categorized here as physical assaults.

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Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures recorded 414 crimes based on bias against religion, 18 of which involved violence.

Organization Report 

All offenses reported as violent crimes are categorized here as physical assaults.

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Developments
Organization Report 

The Berlin Prosecution Service established a specialist prosecutor unit for victims of gay, lesbian and transsexual violence.

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Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures recorded 186 crimes based on bias against LGBT, 42 of which involved violence.

Organization Report 

All offenses reported as violent crimes are categorized here as physical assaults.

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Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures recorded 29 crimes based on bias against people with disabilities, two of which involved violence.

Organization Report 

All offenses reported as violent crimes are categorized here as physical assaults.

Holy See Reports 
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Reports
Organization Report 

The Holy See reported four cases of desecrations to graveyards, 19 cases of church desecrations including against one Orthodox church, three Protestant and ten Catholic churches; a further 16 church desecrations also involving theft of church property, including against one Protestant and six Catholic churches; and one case of graffiti on a church. German authorities have verified these alleged hate-motivated incidents and confirmed that none of them had been recorded by police with a hate motive.