Croatia regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Croatia's hate crime laws are a combination of a general penalty-enhancement provision and penalty-enhancement provisions for specific offences. Croatia's criminal code also includes a statutory definition of hate crime. Hate crime data are collected by the Ministry of Interior, the Prosecutor's Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities. Data on hate crime are regularly published by the Government's Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities.
|Year||Hate crimes recorded by police||Prosecuted||Sentenced|
|2009||32||Not available||Not available|
About 2009 Data
Figures include crimes of incitement to hatred and those involving insults.
The European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling in the case of Beganović v. Croatia. The applicant was a young man of Roma origin, who had been physically assaulted by a group of young men. He complained that both the attack and the lack of proper investigation into the incident were related to his Roma origin. While the Court found no evidence that the attack on the applicant had been racially motivated, the case nonetheless reaffirms states’ duties under the European Convention of Human Rights to actively investigate and prosecute potentially racist crimes when there is a reasonable appearance of bias motivation.