In its "Concluding observations on the combined nineteenth and twentieth periodic reports of Italy," the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) recommended the investigation, prosecution and punishment of all perpetrators of hate crimes. CERD also recommended that local authorities collect data systematically, increase the reporting of hate crimes and strengthen the hate crime provisions to also cover mixed motivations.
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Report Data - Italy - 2016
The Criminal Code's hate crime provisions were amended to correspond with the requirements of EU law. Consequently, changes to the aggravating circumstance provision preclude the bias motivation aggravation to be balanced against other, mitigating circumstances.
The Observatory for Security against Acts of Discrimination (OSCAD) continued to conduct training activities on hate crimes for a broad target group, including different ranks of the Carabinieri Corps and the National Police. This has also included the cascading of ODIHR's TAHCLE programme.
ODIHR observes that Italy has not reported the numbers of prosecuted and information on sentenced hate crime cases to ODIHR.
This category includes crimes registered with a bias against "race"/colour of skin; ethnicity; Roma and Sinti; nationality; language; anti-Semitic crimes; Muslims; and members of other religions.
An additional 36 crimes of insult, defamation and slander were reported but are not included here as they fall outside the OSCE definition of hate crimes.
This information is based on reports received by the Observatory for Security against Acts of Discrimination (OSCAD).
Two additional crimes of insult, defamation and slander were reported but are not included here as they fall outside the OSCE definition of hate crimes.
OSCAD participated in the "Facing all the Facts" training for law enforcement on building capacity to monitor discrimination crimes. OSCAD is a co-beneficiary partner of the project, which is run by the civil society group CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe.
The Ministry of the Interior and various law enforcement bodies trained 1,800 officers from the National Police. The trainees included National Police cadets, commissioners, police managers, Border Police, and the National Police Sports group.
Two seminars on anti-LGBT hate crime were organized to complete the training component of the LGBT national strategy, two seminars for 60 officers and 210 operators on anti-LGBT hate crime were organized.
Finally, 3,000 Carabinieri attended a course that contained a module on hate crimes.