The Foundation against Racism and Anti-Semitism reported one case of property damage to a home for asylum seekers with bottles, paint bombs and graffiti; two physical assaults by a group, one against a Brazilian woman and the other against a male wheelchair user, both causing serious injury.
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Report Data - Switzerland - 2012
The Foundation against Racism and Anti-Semitism reported a case of damage to property by firing shots against a caravan and a car owned by a Roma family.
The Intercommunity Coordination against Anti-Semitism and Defamation (CICAD) reported one physical assault; five threats, including one also involving property damage to a Jewish woman’s house, one against a student, and one involving a knife; and 11 cases of graffiti including on a car, on a synagogue, on a Jewish library and on CICAD’s offices. Swiss authorities reported that they had no information about these cases.
The Foundation against Racism and Anti-Semitism reported a case of desecration to a Holocaust memorial and graffiti in close proximity to a Jewish library and shop, as well as an arson attack on a scooter.
The Foundation against Racism and Anti-Semitism reported a physical assault against a male wheelchair user causing him to fall out of his chair and causing serious injury.
Pink Cross reported a physical assault against a lesbian woman by a group resulting in serious injury.
ODIHR observes that Switzerland has not reported on hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech and/or discrimination.
The Holy See reported an arson attack against a church. Swiss authorities informed ODIHR that this case was currently pending at the youth prosecutor’s office. Qualification of the case under article 261 of the Swiss Criminal Code (Attack on the freedom of faith and the freedom to worship), in addition to its qualification as a criminal damage case, was being considered.