Germany regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Germany's criminal code contains a sentencing provision applicable to any crime in the code. Hate crime data are collected as part of its framework to address politically-motivated crimes. Data on hate crime and hate speech are collected together. However, authorities are able to disaggregate data on violent offences. The authorities responsible for data collection include the police at the state and federal levels and the Federal Statistics Office. Germany has conducted a hate crime victimization survey for 2012-2017.


Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2019 8585 - -
2018 8113 Not available Not available
2017 7913 Not available Not available
2016 3598 Not available Not available
2015 3046 Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

One criminal incident can be recorded with more than one bias motivation in the breakdown below. 

National developments

The authorities continued implementing a National Action Plan against Racism, updated and re-issued in 2017, which includes the topics of “homophobia and transphobia".

Following a tasking from the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony and the German Police University have undertaken a study of "Best practices of co-operation between safety authorities and civil society concerning the avoidance of crime guided by prejudices". The two-year project, to which ODIHR contributed expertise, should lead to police learning from good international practice and to improved collaboration with civil society organizations. The results are expected in autumn 2019.

Key observation

ODIHR observes that Germany has not reported the numbers of prosecuted hate crimes or information on the sentencing of hate crime cases to ODIHR.