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Report Data - Latvia - 2016

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2018 Not available Not available Not available
2017 Not available Not available Not available
2016 11 7 0
2015 11 1 5
2014 13 7 9
IGO Reports 
Organization Report 

In its report, the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Latvia recommended the strengthening of the hate crime provisions in criminal law and that the authorities organize training on hate crimes for police and judicial officials.

Bias Motivation 
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Developments
Organization Report 

In his report following a visit to Latvia, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe urged the authorities to build the capacity of police, prosecutors and judges to effectively investigate, prosecute and punish all hate crimes.

Bias Motivation 
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Developments
Organization Report 

In his report following a visit to Latvia, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe recommended that the authorities improve responses to homophobic and transphobic hate crime, as well as training for police, prosecutors and judges. He further recommended the inclusion of homophobic and transphobic biases as aggravating circumstances in the criminal code.

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Developments
ODIHR Recommendations 

ODIHR observes that Latvia has not reported on hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech.

National Developments 
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Developments
Organization Report 

In 2016, the Ombudsman's Office published a study on the "Issues of Investigating Hate Crimes and Hate Speech in the Republic of Latvia". The study recommended a more strategic approach to addressing hate crimes, strengthening the implementation of criminal law and conduct prevention activities. The study further noted that law enforcement agencies do not have a uniform understanding of the concept of hate crime and recommended the development of a methodology for recognizing, identifying and investigating hate crimes. Improvements to hate crime recording and data collection were also suggested.

The Ombudsman's Office also organized its annual conference on hate crime and hate speech.