In its report, the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for Finland, recommended that the authorities take measures to reduce the number of anti-religious hate crimes, ensure that hate crimes are effectively investigated and that law enforcement, security and judicial authorities be trained and have guidelines to address hate crimes against immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees.
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Report Data - Finland - 2016
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.
ODIHR observes that Finland has not reported information on the numbers of prosecuted and sentenced hate crimes to ODIHR.
The National Police Board of Finland signed an agreement with ODIHR to implement the Training Against Hate Crime for Law Enforcement (TAHCLE) programme.
A three-day training programme was created by the Police University College and carried out in November 2016. Prosecutors and judges also participated in hate crime trainings.
A working group was created within the Ministry of Interior to develop a holistic programme against hate crime.
In 2016, a working group within the National Police Board issued a report on combating hate crime. One of its recommendations was to create a special unit within the police force on countering hate crimes online, which would be supported by a nationwide network of dedicated police officers.
The figure presented here covers the following grounds: "race/colour", "ethnicity/national origin, citizenship and language".
Official data were reported separately for LGB (44 hate crimes) and transgender (12 hate crimes) hate crime but are presented together here.