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 with motivations "race/colour"; ethnicity; nationality; language; anti-Semitism; Roma and Sinti; Muslims; members of other religions; (ii) OSCAD data with motivations "sexual orientation; transgender identity"; (iii) SDI and OSCAD data with motivation "disability".

National developments

The Criminal Code's hate crime provisions were amended to correspond with EU law requirements.

A working group, "Permanent board to combat hate crime and hate speech", was set up at the Ministry of Justice with wide participation of civil society in order to provide advice on required measures to address hate crimes.

The Observatory for Security against Acts of Discrimination (OSCAD) has been tasked by the Chief of Police to focus its work on the implementation of a communication campaign to prevent hate crimes and continued training activities on hate crimes for the Carabinieri Corps and the National Police.

OSCAD has continued training police officers, in co-operation with the National Police, Carabinieri Corps and national Forestry Corps. OSCAD has developed e-learning modules on hate crimes, put in use by the National Police territorial units in charge of training efforts.

Key observation

ODIHR observes that Italy has not reported the numbers of prosecuted and information on sentenced hate crime cases to ODIHR.