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.


Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2019 48 117 10
2018 33 23 8
2017 25 16 12
2016 35 37 7
2015 24 27 7

Hate crimes recorded by police

The police numbers represent the number of recorded offences. One incident can involve more than one offence.

National developments

The Criminal Code provision defining hate crimes was amended to include language as a protected characteristic.

The Action Plan for Implementation of the National Plan to Combat Discrimination 2017-2019 was adopted by the Government, which identifies a number of priority areas in addressing hate crimes: education and public awareness raising initiatives focusing on hate crimes against national minorities and LGBT people, and improvements to hate crime data collection.

Key observation

ODIHR observes that Croatia has not made public hate crime data disaggregated by bias motivation.