World Without Nazism reported a series of incidents of property damage to Thai restaurants and shops.
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Report Data - Finland - 2013
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.
World Without Nazism reported one incident of the desecration of a place of worship.
In its fourth report, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) recommended that Finland reinforce training provided to members of the justice system on legislation relating to racism and racial discrimination, improve the monitoring of racist acts and ensure that racist crimes are duly punished under relevant national hate crime legislation.
ODIHR observes that Finland has not reported information on the numbers of prosecuted or sentenced hate crime cases to ODIHR.
In spring 2013 the Ministry of the Interior's Committee for Monitoring on Discrimination published a study on access to justice that includes data about the effectiveness of redress mechanisms in discrimination (including hate crime) cases. The study noted some difficulties faced by the persons vulnerable to discrimination when identifying and using the appropriate redress mechanisms. The victims interviewed for the study were, however, prepared to file a new complaint in case of another incident.
Official figures record 806 racist and xenophobic hate crimes. Of these, 513 were physical assaults including three attempted murders, 110 cases of damage to property/vandalism, 96 cases of threats, 37 cases of disturbance of the peace and 50 other crimes.
Finland reported 58 anti-religious crimes, including 17 physical assaults, 20 cases of damage to property/vandalism, ten cases of threats, eight cases of disturbance of domestic peace and three other crimes.
Hate crimes reported under this category cover all anti-religious hate crime, without disaggregation by faith. Finland also reported cases of criminal defamation, discrimination, and incitement to hatred, which are not included in the overall figure.
Official law-enforcement figures recorded 35 hate crimes, including 26 physical assaults based on bias against LGBT, six 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 cases of criminal defamation, discrimination, and incitement to hatred, which are not included in the overall figure.
Official law-enforcement figures recorded five cases of crimes based on bias towards people with disabilities including a physical assault, one case of damage to property and three cases of threats.
Finland also reported cases of criminal defamation and discrimination which are not included in the overall figure.