In IUSTITIA reported four racist physical assaults, including two carried out by a group, one of which involved a knife and resulted in serious injury.
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Report Data - Czech Republic - 2011
The government-run and Norwegian-funded Campaign Against Racism and Hate Violence has produced several methodological guidance documents for police on identifying and responding to hate crimes and dealing with hate crime victims. As part of the campaign, the civil society group IUSTITIA has trained 257 police officers, spokespersons and municipal police officers on hate crimes.
In IUSTITIA reported five anti-Roma physical assaults including against two girls which then resulted in the serious injury of their uncle; three attacks by a group, including two involving serious injury and one taking place in a home; two arson attacks against the homes of Roma families, including one carried out by a group; and three cases of threats, including one resulting in a family needing to move.
The Jewish Community in Prague and In IUSTITIA reported one physical assault; two cases of threats; four cases of property damage, including three cases of graffiti, (on a Holocaust memorial, a synagogue and private property respectively) and one case of criminal damage against two Stolpersteine (Holocaust memorial stones set in pavement). The Jewish community in Prague reported a further three cases of criminal damage and two threats.
In IUSTITIA reported one case of threats against two Jehovah’s Witnesses.
In IUSTITIA reported three homophobic physical assaults, including one attack by a group resulting in serious injury, and two attacks following Prague Pride; one case of criminal damage against a bar that involved setting the rainbow flag on fire; and two cases of threats.
In IUSTITIA reported several attacks against homeless people, including one murder by arson where the victim’s hut was set on fire by a group; four physical assaults, including two attacks by a group resulting in serious injury; and a further case of arson where the victims’ tent was set on fire, resulting in serious injury.
UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) recommended that the Czech Republic conduct effective investigation and prosecutions of hate crimes. It also encouraged the investigation of anti-Roma violence in the Czech Republic, ensuring that the perpetrators are identified, prosecuted and appropriately punished, and recommended the active recruitment of Roma to law enforcement.
The Judicial Academy organized seminars for prosecutors and judges on extremist crime, including sessions on hate crime.