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Report Data - Germany - 2015

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 
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The coalition of civil society groups Hate Crime Counselling Project reported 1,004 racist and xenophobic incidents, which included physical assaults, harassment, threats and damage to property.

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The European Centre for Democracy Development reported an incident in which a football team consisting of asylum seekers was attacked by another group, and an attack carried out by a group with weapons that targeted a group of North Africans. The Centre also reported threats against two Egyptian asylum seekers, one incident of damage to accommodations for asylum-seekers, one arson attack against planned accommodations for a family of Iraqi refugees and one incident of vandalism targeting an asylum seekers' home.

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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Human Rights First reported a knife attack on an activist working with refugees and an arson attack on a refugee shelter. Insaan reported threats to a young woman who was perceived to be foreign.

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Amnesty International reported five assaults on people perceived to be foreigners or refugees, including two in which groups attacked refugee shelters; and an incident of damage to a refugee shelter in which windows were smashed and stink bombs thrown inside.

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The coalition of civil society groups Hate Crime Counselling Projects reported 32 anti-Roma incidents, which included physical assaults, harassment, threats and damage to property.

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The Amadeu Antonio Foundation reported 12 physical assaults, including four assaults committed by groups; three threats; four incidents of damage to property; 15 incidents of vandalism and the desecration of graves in a Jewish cemetery.

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Amadeu Antonio and the Department for Research and Information on Antisemitism (RIAS) reported two additional physical assaults, two threats and six incidents of vandalism. RIAS further reported five physical assaults, one of which was carried out by a group; one robbery; five threats; one arson attack; 34 incidents of vandalism and one computer hacking.

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The European Centre for Democracy Development and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported an assault on an Israeli man and one incident of graffiti targeting a Jewish cemetery and nearby cars, which was also reported by the Kantor Center.

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The coalition of civil society groups Hate Crime Counselling Projects reported 43 anti-Semitic incidents, including physical assaults, harassment, threats and damage to property.

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The ADL reported an additional incident of anti-Semitic graffiti. The Kantor Center reported 37 violent incidents, one incident of vandalism and the desecration of a grave.

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Insaan reported two physical assaults, including an attack carried by a group on an elderly Sikh man mistaken for a Muslim, an incident of threats and two incidents of vandalism involving graffiti.

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The coalition of civil society groups Hate Crime Counselling Project reported 20 incidents targeting Muslims, including physical assaults, harassment, threats, damage to property and other types of incidents.

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Jehovah's Witnesses – Germany reported a physical assault on a man; one threat that also caused damage to the victim's vehicle; two incidents of damage to property, including one that involved the use of an air-gun and one targeting a place of worship; and six incidents of graffiti on places of worship.

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The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe (OIDC) reported five physical assaults, including one in which a knife was used and another three carried out by a group; two threats, including one in which a statue was damaged and witnesses threatened; three arson attacks on churches and a Christian organization office; one incident of damage to a church; and five incidents of vandalism that targeted church premises.

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MANEO reported 78 physical assaults targeting LGBT people, including eight that were classified as serious; 39 robberies; 9 burglaries; two incidents of damage to property; one case of vandalism; and 69 incidents of threats.

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The coalition of civil society groups Hate Crime Counselling Project reported 57 homophobic and transphobic incidents, including physical assaults, harassment, threats and damage to property.

The Lesbian and Gay Federation of Germany reported 42 incidents of physical assault.  

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The coalition of civil society groups Hate Crime Counselling Project reported four incidents targeting people with disabilities, including physical assaults, harassment, threats and damage to property.

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In its "Concluding observations on the combined nineteenth to twenty-second periodic reports of Germany", the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) recommended that an explicit duty to investigate and document any racist motive of criminal offences be imposed on the police, that police be trained on reporting and investigating hate crimes, and that Germany's hate crime data-collection system be improved. CERD also expressed concerns about the increase in attacks against asylum-seekers and called for them to be protected from racially motivated violence.

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The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, in the annual activity report following his country visit to Germany, welcomed amendments to the criminal code that made racist motivation an aggravating circumstance. The Commissioner also called on the authorities to improve the recording of hate crimes, in particular by increasing the disaggregation of data, to introduce guidance for police and prosecutors, and to train all criminal justice actors on hate crimes.

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ODIHR Recommendations 

ODIHR observes that Germany has not reported the numbers of prosecuted and/or information on sentenced hate crime cases to ODIHR.

National Developments 
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Official figures record 2,447 hate crimes motivated by racism and xenophobia. 

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Official figures recorded 192 anti-Semitic crimes.

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Official figures recorded 339 crimes based on bias against religion.

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Official figures recorded 80 crimes based on bias against sexual orientation.

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Official figures recorded 5 crimes based on bias against people with disabilities.

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