Austria regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Implemented in 2021, Austria's new hate crime recording system represents a good practice in the region. The Austrian Ministry of Interior is also a member of the civil society network "Hate Crime Kontern", which strengthens hate crime co-ordination and victim support, and co-operates directly with civil society organizations. Hate crime statistics collected by the Ministry are published online each year.
In January 2023, Austria implemented ODIHR's Diagnostic Workshop to Assess National Structures and Services for Hate Crime Victim Support.
|Year||Hate crimes recorded by police||Prosecuted||Sentenced|
|2017||302||Not available||Not available|
|2016||425||Not available||Not available|
|2015||395||Not available||Not available|
|2014||186||Not available||Not available|
|2013||110||Not available||Not available|
|2012||91||Not available||Not available|
|2009||62||Not available||Not available|
About 2022 Data
Police records represent the number of offences recorded as hate crimes; a total number of 7,095 cases were registered, some of which involved more than one bias motivation. Police-recorded hate crimes include 4,080 offences that fall outside of the OSCE definition of hate crime. These include cases defined as "right-wing extremism" under the Prohibition Act, insults, and honour. Prosecution and sentencing figures are based on the same recording methodology as police-recorded figures. Prosecution figures exclude 1,689 cases prosecuted under the Prohibition Act (§§ 3a-3h VerbotsG) and sentencing figures exclude 106 cases sentenced under the Prohibition Act (§§ 3a-3h VerbotsG), and which fall outside of the OSCE definition of hate crime.
Hate crime recorded by police
The number of police-recorded cases excludes 3,875 offences recorded under the Prohibition Act (§§ 3a-3h VerbotsG) and 205 offences classified as insults or honour crimes, all of which fall outside of the OSCE's definition of hate crime.
ODIHR recognizes Austria's long-term efforts to improve its hate crime recording and data collection mechanism as well as its hate crime victim support system. However, based on the available information, it observes that Austria's hate crime recording and statistics do not sufficiently distinguish hate crimes from other crimes. In addition, ODIHR observes that Austria would benefit from raising awareness among and building the capacity of criminal justice officials, including prosecutors and judges, to address hate crimes.
ODIHR recalls that in Ministerial Council Decision 9/09, OSCE participating States agreed to a common definition of hate crime and committed to collecting reliable data and statistics on such crimes. To that end, hate crimes need to be distinguished throughout the recording and data collection processes, from incitement to hatred and other hate speech crimes. Participating States have also committed to introducing or further developing professional training and capacity-building activities for law enforcement, prosecution and judicial officials dealing with hate crimes. ODIHR stands ready to support Austria in meeting its relevant commitments through the provision of comprehensive resources and tailored assistance, including further resources and tailored capacity-building assistance for prosecution and judiciary.