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.
Civil society information
Overview of incidents reported by civil society
|Bias Motivation||Attacks Against People||Attacks Against Property|
|Racism and xenophobia||2||1||5|
|Bias against Roma and Sinti||0||1||0|
|Bias against Muslims||1||1||0|
|Bias against Christians and members of other religions||1||0||9|
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.
The Consultation Network for the Victims of Racism reported one threat targeting two Roma people.
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.
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.
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.
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.