SETA reported two physical assaults, one against participants in a pride event in Helsinki and one against a speaker affiliated with the event who was attacked with pepper spray.
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Report Data - Finland - 2012
The authorities have been implementing the National Action Plan on Fundamental and Human Rights for 2017–2019, which includes projects on hate crimes and hate speech.
The Ministry of the Interior has designed a new Police Preventive Work Strategy, which sets hate crime as a priority. The National Police Board is currently developing an Action Plan to implement the strategy, including measures against hate crime.
The Ministry of Justice has continued implementing an EU-funded project, "Against Hate". One of the main objectives of the project is to further develop the national reporting mechanisms, especially regarding statistics on the prosecution and sentencing of hate crime. The project also aims to enhance the capacity of the police, prosecutors and judges to counteract hate crime and hate speech, and to develop support services for victims of hate crime.
The UN Human Rights Council, in its Universal Periodic Review, encouraged Finland to continue its efforts to ensure racially motivated crimes are promptly identified, investigated and prosecuted.
During his visit to Finland, Nils Muižnieks, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, welcomed the specific prohibition on hate crimes based on a bias against sexual orientation and encouraged the inclusion of grounds based on bias against gender identity.
ODIHR observes that Finland has not reported information on the numbers of prosecuted or sentenced hate crime cases to ODIHR.
Official figures record 737 racist and xenophobic hate crimes. Of these, 510 were physical assaults, 105 cases of damage to property/vandalism, 15 cases of disturbance of the peace and 107 cases of threats.
Finland also reported 143 cases of criminal defamation, 26 of discrimination, and 51 other cases, which are not included in the overall figure.
Finland reported 31 anti-religious crimes, including one homicide, 15 physical assaults, one case of damage to property/vandalism, six cases of disturbance of domestic peace and eight cases of threats.
Hate crimes reported under this category cover all anti-religious hate crime, without disaggregation by faith.
Finland also reported one case of criminal defamation, 10 cases of discrimination and 10 other cases, which are not included in the overall figure.
Official law-enforcement figures recorded 60 hate crimes, including 54 physical assaults based on bias against LGBT, three cases of disturbance of the peace, two cases of damage to property and one case of threats.
Official data were reported separately for LGB and transgender hate crime but are presented together here.
Finland also reported three cases of criminal defamation, four of discrimination and four other cases, which are not included in the overall figure.
Official law-enforcement figures recorded eight cases of crimes based on bias towards people with disabilities including three physical assaults, four cases of disturbance of the peace, and one case of damage to property.
Finland also reported eight cases of criminal defamation and three of discrimination, which are not included in the overall figure.