The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians reported the attempted murder of a recent convert to Christianity.
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Report Data - Denmark - 2014
The Danish National Police is now part of a Nordic police network working with hate crimes, initiated by the Norwegian Criminal Police.
The National Police College delivers an initial mandatory course on hate crime, in which police cadets are taught how to interact with targeted groups and how to communicate with victims in a respectful and understanding manner.
The Danish National Police offers officers a training seminar on hate crime as part of continuing education efforts.
The Jewish Community of Denmark reported two physical assaults, one incident of threats, one incident of damage to a Jewish school and three incidents of graffiti.
The Kantor Center and the Jewish Community of Denmark reported one further physical assault against a man and one incident of threats.
ODIHR observes that Denmark has not reported to ODIHR the numbers of prosecuted hate crime cases or information on sentenced hate crime cases.
The Director of Public Prosecutions has issued detailed guidelines on the handling of hate crime cases within the police and prosecution service. The guidelines are updated on a regular basis. The guidelines are complemented by a system for vetting hate crime prosecutions by the Director of Public Prosecutions – this approach ensures uniformity of prosecution practice nationally.
The Copenhagen Police co-operates with the Municipality of Copenhagen and the civil society group Danish Institute for Human Rights on a project against discrimination and hate crime in the city, called “Stigmatized”. The Municipality of Copenhagen has developed a mobile application which makes it possible for citizens to register and report incidents of discrimination and hate crime. The reported information gives the municipality an overview of where, when and against whom the incidents occur. The municipality shares the incoming data with the Copenhagen Police Department to target the police’s preventative efforts.
As a follow-up on the action plan from 2009, the government initiated the development of a new national strategy on the prevention of radicalization and extremism. The national strategy was launched in September 2014. It focuses on strengthening co-operation with and support to civil society.