Serbia

Serbia regularly reports data on hate crimes to ODIHR. Serbia's Criminal Code contains a general penalty-enhancement provision and a substantive offence. The data reported to ODIHR also include cases of incitement to hatred and other hate speech offences. Serbia’s Prosecutor's Office collects data on hate crime.

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Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2016 9 1 2
2015 79 7 19
2014 87 21 14
2013 64 24 16
2012 36 39 37

National developments

A pilot program "Hate crimes - training for the judiciary," was initiated as a part of the continuous training of judges, public prosecutors and assistant prosecutors in late 2015. This was accomplished in co-operation of with the Judicial Academy and the Office for Human and Minority Rights, with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia.

Eight training seminars on hate crime legislation are planned during 2015 and 2016.

In order to meet the standards of EU Directive 2012/29, the Public Prosecutor's Office established an Information Service for hate crime victims, injured parties and witnesses at the Higher Public Prosecutor's Office in Novi Sad, Niš and Kragujevac. Similar information services were are already in place in Belgrade.

On 22 December 2015, the Public Prosecutor issued a guide that stipulates that the appellate court, and the higher and basic public prosecutor's offices keep separate records of criminal offences that are determined to be hate crimes within the meaning of Article 54a of the criminal code.

Key observation

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