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Report Data - Serbia - 2010

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2018 61 12 7
2017 5 0 0
2016 9 1 2
2015 79 7 19
2014 87 21 14

Hate crimes recorded by police

National developments

In a first judgment expressly applying the hate crime provision in Serbian Criminal Code, a defendant received an enhanced sentence for a hate crime motivated by bias against sexual orientation, following arguments to that effect by the public prosecutor.

The Republic Public Prosecutor's Office, jointly with the OSCE Mission to Serbia and civil society, developed and published the Guidelines for Criminal Prosecution of Hate Crimes. The Guidelines, to which ODIHR contributed expert input, were disseminated and trainings for prosecutors are being conducted to solidify their principles into prosecutorial practice.

Pursuant to the Compulsory Instruction issued by the Republic Public Prosecutor, all Prosecutor's Offices have appointed a specialist hate crime prosecutor to monitor and record hate crime cases, liaise with case prosecutor and police officers, as well as with the victims and civil society organizations supporting them.

NGO reports 
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Chachipe reported one arson attack that targeted a Roma settlement. The Regional Center for Minorities reported one physical assault, one case of arson and three cases of graffiti. In addition, four nights of rioting took place that targeted a Roma community and involved harassment, damage to property and arson. The riots occurred following a murder perpetrated by a Roma man. Six people were arrested and convicted and sentenced for orchestrating the riots, and the Roma man was convicted and sentenced for the murder.

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Labris reported two serious physical assaults and an attack by a group on participants and bystanders at a pride march, in which 160 people were reported to have been injured. Labris reported that 83 people were charged for their alleged involvement in the attack at the gay pride parade. Labris reported two other physical assaults causing serious bodily injury

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UNHCR reported two serious physical assaults and an attack by a group on participants and bystanders at a pride march, in which 160 people were reported to have been injured.

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In Milanović v. Serbia, for the first time the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) referenced the duty of officials to investigate a religiously motivated crime. The Court stated that, just as in the case of “racially motivated attacks, when investigating violent incidents, State authorities have the additional duty to take all reasonable steps to unmask any religious motive and to establish whether or not religious hatred or prejudice may have played a role in the events.” The case concerned a leading member of the Vaishnava Hindu religious community, also known as Hare Krishna, who suffered a series of attacks between 2001 and 2007. 

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