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Report Data - Germany - 2013

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2016 3598 Not available Not available
2015 3046 Not available Not available
2014 3059 Not available Not available
2013 4647 Not available Not available
2012 4514 Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

NGO reports 
Organization Report 

Transgender Europe reported one physical assault and robbery against a Jewish transgender woman who was in her home praying at the time. A group of seven regional NGOs reported nine physical assaults, seven threats and one incident of damage to property.

World Without Nazism reported three physical assaults, including one against a rabbi; one incident in which shots were fired at a Jewish community building; five incidents of the desecration of a Jewish cemetery; four incidents of graffiti; and two desecrations of memorials, including the museum in the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau; and two incidents of damage to monuments.

The Amadeu Antonio Foundation reported three physical assaults, including one carried out by a group against a rabbi; one incident of the desecration of a synagogue; seven incidents of the desecration of cemeteries; 15 incidents of the desecration of memorial sites and plaques, including four incidents targeting Stolpersteine (small stones set in pavement commemorating individual victims of Nazism); eight incidents of graffiti, including two on the homes of Jewish families and one on the home of a woman involved in a local stolpersteine project, including the explosion of fireworks in her letterbox; and one incident of damage to property.

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Reports
Organization Report 

The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians reported 11 incidents of the desecration of places of worship, two of which were also recorded by the Holy See. The Observatory also reported a further four incidents of the desecration of churches, also involving burglary, one incident of damage to property and three arsons – one of which also included a burglary.

The European Association of Jehovah's Christian Witnesses / Jehovah’s Witnesses – Germany reported six incidents of physical assault, one involving a firearm, three threats, two involving firearms, one arson on a place of worship, and 50 incidents of the desecration of places of worship. World Without Nazism reported two incidents of the desecration of places of worship.

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Reports
Organization Report 

A group of seven regional NGOs reported 49 physical assaults, two of which caused serious injuries, and eight incidents of threats or harassment. Transgender Europe reported two physical assaults against two transgender women, including one assault resulting in serious injury and one assault involving a robbery. MANEO reported one attempted murder, 98 robberies, nine burglaries, 54 cases of assault and 34 sexual assaults that also involved threats. Amadeu Antonio Foundation reported one physical assault against a transgender person.

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Reports
Organization Report 

A group of seven regional NGOs reported 242 physical assaults, six of which caused serious injuries; 83 incidents of threats, harassments or attempted physical assaults; six cases of arson; and 21 incidents of damage to property. World Without Nazism reported one physical assault by a group against a boy of Chinese descent, causing serious injury.

Inssan reported one physical assault against a woman of Turkish origin and her son on a bus. The Amadeu Antonio Foundation reported one incident of graffiti.

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Reports
Organization Report 

A group of seven regional NGOs reported eight physical assaults.

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Reports
Organization Report 

World Without Nazism and the Amadeu Antonio Foundation reported the desecration of a memorial to Roma and Jewish people.

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Reports
Organization Report 

Inssan reported one physical assault against a Muslim woman and her two children, during which the victims were spat at; three incidents of threats; one arson attack against a mosque, causing significant damage; two incidents of graffiti; and one incident of damage to a mosque.

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IGO Reports 
Organization Report 

In its fifth report, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) reiterated its recommendation that the German authorities expressly provide in the Criminal Code that a racist motivation constitutes an aggravating circumstance. ECRI also recommended that the system for recording and following up on racist, xenophobic, homophobic and transphobic incidents be reformed in order to capture all such instances. Finally, ECRI recommended that the police and prosecution services in all federal states establish focal points for recording complaints made by vulnerable groups.

Bias Motivation 
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Developments
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Organization Report 

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published findings from a survey on experiences and perceptions of anti-Semitism conducted in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The survey showed that many respondents have been victims of anti-Semitic violence and harassment, and feared becoming hate crime victims in the future. The survey also mapped the extent of unreported anti-Semitic hate crime. FRA recommended that EU Member States consider taking a number of steps to improve the reporting, recording, investigating and prosecuting of hate crimes.

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Developments
ODIHR Recommendations 

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

National Developments 
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Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures record 3,248 xenophobic crimes, 494 of which involved violence, and 608 racist crimes, 123 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 record 1,275 anti-Semitic crimes, 51 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 record 422 crimes based on bias against religion, 25 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 record 240 crimes based on bias against sexual orientation, 50 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 record 42 crimes based on bias against people with disabilities, four 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 and the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe reported two cases of damage to churches motivated by anti-Christian bias and committed by the same perpetrator. One further case of vandalism was also reported. German authorities reported back that the proceedings against the suspect in first two cases were suspended on the grounds of mental incapacity and religious bias motivation could therefore not be established.