National frameworks to address hate crime in the Czech Republic
This page provides information on the national frameworks to address hate crime in the Czech Republic. The information provided here should be viewed alongside data presented on the Czech Republic's hate crime report page.
Hate crime recording and data collection
The Czech police register crimes with extremist backgrounds using two forms: an incident form and a form on known perpetrators. When filling out the forms, police officers make a note of any potential bias motivation for the crime. The recorded data are checked - some manually and some automatically - and submitted to police analysts for review. The data are then entered into the Crime Statistics Recording System, which is part of a broader information system - the Electronic Criminal Proceedings (ECP) - which is operated by the Police Presidium.
The data are shared with the Prosecutor's Office through the ECP system. This evidence allows crime data to be disagreggated according to pre-defined targeted groups, including Jewish people, Roma, Muslims and Arabs. Planned changes to the forms and to the system will enable more precise data entry and output. Extremist crime and hate crime statistics are published on the website of the Ministry of the Interior on a regular basis as part of quarterly and annual reports on extremism.
Hate crime victim support
There is both a general victim support system and a specific support system for hate crime victims in the Czech Republic. Czech law recognizes hate crime victims as victims with specific needs.
Hate crime victims may receive support, such as information from the Probation and Mediation Service, which has offices in major cities. Legal advice can be sought from attorneys registered with the Ministry of Justice. Civil society organizations (CSOs) that provide victim support are also required to register at the Ministry. The existing system ensures that registered providers offer quality services and have access to funding. Registered service providers can perform social services and provide legal information. Such providers also offer legal representation, but the cost is not covered by the State. The In IUSTITIA CSO delivers support to hate crime victims and is supported on an annual basis by both the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Social Affairs.
The first responders to a hate crime are obliged to recognize hate crime victims and refer them to an available support service provider. However, co-operation between law enforcement and In IUSTITIA is not formalized. Training of police on sensitive and respectful treatment is not regular and does not constitute a part of the mandatory curriculum. There is no procedure for conducting individual needs assessment (INA) by law enforcement, although In IUSTITIA has an INA process in place.
Hate crime victims are entitled to free legal aid, psychological assistance and social advice. They have the right to avoid visual contact with the perpetrator and be interviewed by a trained person of a gender of their choice. Hate crime victims have procedural rights as the party to the proceedings (injured person). This includes the right to provide an impact statement, question the perpetrator, seek damages, access the case file, use the services of an interpreter and complain against a decision; however, these rights are rarely taken into consideration when restorative justice procedures are applied.
Please note that the above text may be subject to updates based on information provided by the National Point of Contact