Italy regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Italy's Criminal Code contains general penalty enhancement and substantive offence provisions. Hate crime data are collected by law enforcement authorities and the Ministry of Interior. Data are not made publicly available.


Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2019 1119 - -
2018 1111 613 46
2017 1048 613 40
2016 736 424 31
2015 555 Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

The data presented here includes information from the police database (SDI) and information gathered by the Observatory for Security against Acts of Discrimination (OSCAD). The breakdown below consists of: (i) SDI data covering the following bias motivations: "race/colour"; ethnicity; nationality; language; anti-Semitism; bias against Roma and Sinti; bias against Muslims; and bias against members of other religions; and (ii) OSCAD data on hate crimes motivated by bias against "sexual orientation and transgender identity" and bias against people with "disability".

National developments

In 2019, OSCAD continued work on the "Facing all the facts" project, which was launched in 2016 and concluded on 15 October 2019, by implementing an online training course for law enforcement agencies in the field of crimes committed on grounds of discrimination. OSCAD has been the co-beneficiary partner of the project, which was led by CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe. The development of hate crime training material was concluded in 2018, and in 2019 works started to transfer the training modules from the online CEJI platform to the multi-agency SISFOR platform (the law enforcement online training system). This platform will make all the training material available to the national and the local law enforcement agencies, which will be able to use the various modules and adjust them according to their specific training needs.

Workshops on discrimination and hate crime were carried out for National Police officers who attended the relevant training/refresher courses held, among others, within the framework of ODIHR's Training on Hate Crime for Law Enforcement (TAHCLE) programme. About 680 inspectors were involved throughout the year, together with more than 4,000 units trained through cascaded training, and about 3,300 units trained online.

Key observation

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