Slovakia

Slovakia regularly reports police data and data on sentencing to ODIHR. Slovakia’s Criminal Code includes substantive offences and a specific penalty-enhancement clause affixed to a large number of base offences. While sentencing data only comprise hate crimes, the police data also include hate speech offences. The Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Justice and the Prosecutor’s Office collect hate crime data. The data is published as part of the annual Report on Extremism.

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Official country information

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2015 6 30 2
2014 3 Not available 4
2013 7 Not available 7
2012 102 Not available 16
2011 242 Not available 16
Bias motivationType of crimeRecorded by policeProsecutedSentenced
UnspecifiedPhysical assault100
Disturbance of the peace200
-300

Hate crimes recorded by police by bias motivation

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Hate crimes recorded by police by type of crime

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National developments

The Slovak Government approved a National Action Plan for the Prevention and elimination of racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance for the period 2016-2018. The main objective of the Action Plan is to prevent prejudices, stereotypes and hate speech resulting from national, racial, ethnic, religious or similar intolerance, as well as to prevent the spread of attitudes and actions resulting from racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, including hate crimes.

Civil society information

Overview of incidents reported by civil society

Bias Motivation Attacks Against People Attacks Against Property
Violent Attacks Threats
Bias against Muslims201
Total201
Grand Total3

Reports

Bias against Muslims

  • The Islamic Foundation in Slovakia reported two physical assaults, including one carried out by a group in which bottles and stones were thrown at a family; and one incident of damage to property.
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IGO information

Racism and xenophobia, Bias against Roma and Sinti, Bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity

  • The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, in the annual activity report following his country visit to Slovakia, recommended including gender identity as a protected characteristic in the criminal code. The Commissioner also expressed concern at the manifestations of intolerance against Roma and Sinti people, and called on the authorities to improve the registration of hate crimes, including through the training of police.

Key observation

ODIHR observes that the law enforcement agencies of the Slovak Republic have not recorded the bias motivations of hate crimes.