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Report Data - Spain - 2015

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2017 1419 Not available Not available
2016 1272 Not available Not available
2015 1328 Not available Not available
2014 1285 Not available Not available
2013 1168 Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

NGO reports 
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The Cabinet of Social Studies (GES) reported three physical assaults, including one which caused serious injuries, and two incidents of vandalism. The Union of Islamic Communities of Spain reported two physical assaults.

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The Observatory for Freedom of Religion and Conscience reported two incidents of vandalism.

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The Union of Islamic Communities of Spain, the Observatory for Freedom of Religion and Conscience and the Civic Platform Against Islamophobia reported two incidents of vandalism targeting a mosque and a cultural centre. The Cabinet of Social studies (GES), the Union the Civic Platform reported one physical assault and one case of vandalism. The GES and the Union reported one additional physical assault.

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The Union and the Civic Platform reported one physical assault, one arson attack and four cases of vandalism. The GES reported one additional incident of vandalism. The Observatory also reported one incident of vandalism. The Union of Islamic Communities of Spain also reported two physical assaults and nine cases of vandalism.

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Transgender Europe reported the murder of a transgender person. FELGBT reported four physical assaults, targeting three men and a woman. The Cabinet of Social Studies (GES) reported two physical assaults, including one committed by a group, and one threat.

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The Observatory for Freedom of Religion and Conscience reported two physical assaults; one theft; nine incidents of the desecration of graves, including four that involved theft; one arson attack on a church; one attempted arson attack, also targeting a church; one incident of damage to property; and 12 incidents of graffiti.

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The Observatory for Freedom of Religion and Conscience and the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe (OIDC) reported five incidents of vandalism and three incidents of graffiti.

The OIDC reported one theft from a church, in which communion bread was desecrated, one incident of graffiti on a church, and one incident of the desecration of graves.

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IGO Reports 
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Following its Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the Spanish authorities made the commitment to examine and respond to recommendations to continue efforts to counter, effectively investigate and punish hate crimes.

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Developments
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In its "Concluding observations on the twenty-first to twenty-third periodic reports periodic reports of Georgia", the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) commended the country for its progress in the collection of hate crime data and the appointment of specialized prosecutors.

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ODIHR Recommendations 

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

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In 2015, Spain introduced two new categories for recorded hate incidents to include "Ideology" and "Sex and Gender". These were introduced among the other hate and discrimination incidents in the "Statistic System of Criminality."

The Spanish Institute of Women and for Equal Opportunities (IWEO) published a Practical Guide: How to deal with discrimination cases and hate crimes. This guide, available in English, comes in two versions: one for the public and one for professionals working on hate crime issues.

The Secretary General of Immigration and Emigration of the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, through the Spanish Observatory on Racism and Xenophobia, has implemented the project "Training for the Prevention and Detection of Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance at School" (FRIDA Project).

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Reports
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Official figures recorded 505 racist and xenophobic crimes.

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Official figures recorded 9 anti-Semitic hate crimes.

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Official figures recorded 70 hate crimes motivated by bias against religion.

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Official figures recorded 169 hate crimes motivated by bias against sexual orientation.

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Official figures recorded 226 hate crimes motivated by bias against disability.

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Official figures recorded 24 hate crimes motivated by bias against gender.

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