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Report Data - Switzerland - 2012

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2018 159 - 56
2017 179 Not available 50
2016 164 - 50
2015 181 57 52
2014 161 14 36
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Organization Report 

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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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.

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Organization Report 

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.

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 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.

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Pink Cross reported a physical assault against a lesbian woman by a group resulting in serious injury.

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IGO Reports 
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The UN Human Rights Council, in its Universal Periodic Review, encouraged Switzerland to continue to prevent and combat racist and anti-Semitic actions.

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ODIHR Recommendations 

ODIHR observes that Switzerland has not reported on hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech and/or discrimination.

Holy See Reports 
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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.