Switzerland

Switzerland regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Switzerland’s Criminal Code does not contain hate crime provisions, although hate crimes are prosecuted under discrimination and hate speech provisions. As such, the data reported to ODIHR include cases of incitement to hatred and discrimination. Information on hate crimes is collected by the Federal Commission against Racism and the Statistical Office. The Federal Commission against Racism partners with the association humanrights.ch in the Counselling Network for Victims of Racism, which publishes an Annual Report on racist incidents.

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Official country information

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced
2015   181 57 52
2014   161 14 36
2013   161 23 21
2012   181 15 15
2011   182 14 6
2010   204 33 24
2009   230 36 30

Civil society information

Overview of incidents reported by civil society

Bias Motivation Attacks Against People Attacks Against Property
Violent Attacks Threats
Racism and xenophobia215
Bias against Roma and Sinti010
Anti-Semitism211
Bias against Muslims110
Bias against Christians and members of other religions109
Total6415
Grand Total25

Reports

Racism and xenophobia
  • The Consultation Network for the Victims of Racism reported two physical assaults and one threat. The Intercommunity Coordination against Anti-Semitism and Defamation (CICAD) and the Consultation Network for the Victims of Racism reported one incident of vandalism involving swastika graffiti. CICAD reported four additional incidents of vandalism involving swastika graffiti. 

Bias against Roma and Sinti
  • The Consultation Network for the Victims of Racism reported one threat targeting two Roma people.

Anti-Semitism
  • The Intercommunity Coordination against Anti-Semitism and Defamation (CICAD) reported threats against a Jewish school and one incident of vandalism targeting a synagogue. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Human Rights First reported a physical assault carried out by a group on a man leaving a synagogue.The Consultation Network for the Victims of Racism reported one physical assault against a man that caused serious injury. 

Bias against Muslims
  • The Consultation Network for the Victims of Racism reported one physical assault on a Muslim woman and one threat in which a car driver pretended to run over a woman wearing a headscarf.

Bias against Christians and members of other religions
  • Jehovah's Witnesses – Switzerland reported one incident of physical assault. The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe (OIDC) reported three incidents of vandalism, two of which involved graffiti.

IGO information

No information is available.

Holy See information

  • The Holy See reported two incidents of vandalism of Catholic churches.

ODIHR key observations

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