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.
Official country information
|Bias motivation||Type of crime||Recorded by police|
|Disturbance of the peace||2|
Hate crimes recorded by police by bias motivation
As divided by type of crime:
Hate crimes recorded by police by type of crime
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|
|Bias against Muslims||2||0||1|
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.
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.
ODIHR key observations
ODIHR observes that the law enforcement agencies of the Slovak Republic have not recorded the bias motivations of hate crimes.