Portugal regularly reports information on hate crimes to ODIHR. The Ministry of Justice and the Prosecutor's Office collect data on hate crime. Portuguese civil society and government agencies participated in a two-year European Commission-funded project "Hate No More" to develop training and increase awareness of hate crime and victims' needs among communities, the public and officials. A protocol signed by Portugal's Centre for Judiciary Studies, the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG), and the Council of Europe aims to promote training related to hate crimes and to develop a good practice guide on hate crimes.
In 2018, the Ministry of Justice, ODIHR and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights co-organized a workshop to improve hate crime recording and data collection, based on ODIHR's Information Against Hate Crimes Toolkit (INFAHCT). The workshop resulted in a set of recommendations for relevant state authorities. In the same year, the Portuguese Association for Victim Support published a handbook entitled "Hate no more - Support for Victims of Hate Crimes", which was developed jointly with the Attorney General's Office, the Judiciary Police and the CIG.
|Year||Hate crimes recorded by police||Prosecuted||Sentenced|
|2020||132||Not available||Not available|
|2018||63||Not available||Not available|
|2017||48||Not available||Not available|
|2015||Not available||Not available||Not available|
|2013||Not available||Not available||Not available|
|2012||Not available||Not available||Not available|
|2011||Not available||Not available||Not available|
|2010||Not available||Not available||Not available|
About 2021 Data
Police-recorded figures refer to the crime of racial or religious discrimination only, and include incidents of discrimination and incitement to hatred, which fall outside of the OSCE's definition of hate crime. Records on prosecuted and sentenced cases were not available at the time of publication of ODIHR's 2021 Hate Crime Report.
Hate crime recorded by police
ODIHR recognizes Portugal's efforts to review its hate crime legislation and the parliament's initiative to ensure a comprehensive approach to address hate crime, including through improved recording and data collection. Portugal is encouraged to extend these efforts as, based on the available information, ODIHR observes that law enforcement agencies have not recorded the bias motivations behind hate crimes. In addition, ODIHR observes that Portugal would benefit from raising awareness among and building the capacity of criminal justice officials to address hate crime.
ODIHR recalls that in Ministerial Council Decision 9/09, OSCE participating States committed to promptly investigating hate crimes and ensuring that the motives of those convicted of hate crimes are acknowledged. To that end, law enforcement agencies must first record the bias motivations behind hate crimes. Participating States also committed to introducing or further developing professional training and capacity-building activities for law enforcement, prosecution and judicial officials dealing with hate crimes. ODIHR stands ready to support Portugal in meeting its relevant commitments through the provision of comprehensive resources and tailored assistance in the area of hate crime recording and data collection, as well as by providing further resources and tailored capacity building assistance for police, prosecution, and judiciary.
|Date||Type of incident||Source||Description|
|2021-01||Violent attacks against people||
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