RAA Saxony reported 68 cases of racist violence in Saxony. Their network of advisory offices recorded a combined 222 incidents of hate crimes in Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Lower Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. The majority of these were cases of assault. The Heidelberger Forum for Politics and Science reported one assault and property damage targeting members of the Turkish community.
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Report Data - Germany - 2009
The authorities continued implementing a National Action Plan against Racism, updated and re-issued in 2017, which includes the topics of “homophobia and transphobia".
Following a tasking from the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony and the German Police University have undertaken a study of "Best practices of co-operation between safety authorities and civil society concerning the avoidance of crime guided by prejudices". The two-year project, to which ODIHR contributed expertise, should lead to police learning from good international practice and to improved collaboration with civil society organizations. The results are expected in autumn 2019.
The Amadeu Antonio Foundation reported 42 incidents, including two assaults, 30 cases of vandalism (including five instances where cemeteries were desecrated, 12 cases of the vandalization of synagogues and 12 of monuments), and ten cases of verbal abuse and threats. RAA Saxony reported 26 incidents in Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Lower Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. RAA Saxony also reported three incidents of assault in Saxony. The Stephen Roth Institute reported 33 violent incidents.
The Turkish Community in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region reported five cases of physical assault, 24 instances of arson, three acts of vandalism, an incident in which a mosque was defaced with graffiti, and two threats. The investigations into these incidents were ongoing at the time this report was prepared. The Heidelberger Forum for Politics and Science also provided information regarding the above-mentioned murder.
RAA Saxony reported 14 alleged hate crimes against LGBT persons in Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Lower Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.
RAA Saxony reported six instances of disability crimes in Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Lower Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) strongly encouraged the German authorities to “take a more comprehensive approach to the phenomenon of racist, xenophobic and antisemitic violence”. It also raised concerns over anti-Semitism and intolerance and discrimination against Muslims.
Official figures record 2,564 xenophobic crimes, 383 of which involved violence. Germany records racist crimes separately and reported a total of 428, of which 70 were violent.
Germany reported the murder of a Muslim woman of Egyptian origin by a man who was facing criminal charges for insulting the woman’s Muslim identity. The murder occurred during an appeal proceeding regarding the insult case in a courtroom in Dresden. The perpetrator was sentenced to life imprisonment, with the judge taking into account the bias-motivation for the crime in imposing the sentence.
Official figures record 256 crimes committed with a bias against religion, with 14 of those crimes involving violence. Germany provided figures on crimes on anti-religious crimes without disaggregating them by faith.
Official figures record 164 crimes motivated by a bias against sexual orientation, 45 of which were violent crimes.
Official figures record 26 crimes motivated by a bias against persons with disabilities, eight of which were violent crimes.
In August 2009, the Bundestag, Germany’s federal parliament, established an independent panel of experts on anti-Semitism, the Expertengremium zur Bekämpfung des Antisemitismus.
The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs instituted a programme to steer youth away from right-wing extremist groups and the potential they represent for violence by offering vocational training and relocation opportunities for persons wanting to disassociate from such groups.
The Holy See reported an assault against an Orthodox priest. According to the report, the perpetrator was convicted and sentenced. The Holy See also reported that a Protestant chapel was set on fire, and that the case was recorded by the police.