HumanRights.ch reported three physical assaults, including one carried out by a group. The organization also reported one incident of threats.
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Report Data - Switzerland - 2013
Intercommunity Coordination Against Anti-Semitism and Defamation (CICAD) reported one incident of damage to property and eight incidents of graffiti, including one on a synagogue in Geneva, one on a school and one on a Jewish home. The Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities (FSCI/SIG) and the Foundation against Racism and Anti-Semitism (GRA) reported one case of threats made over social media. GRA reported two further incidents of graffiti.
The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians and World Without Nazism reported one arson attempt in a cathedral. The European Association of Jehovah's Christian Witnesses / Jehovah’s Witnesses – Switzerland reported two incidents of physical assault and five desecrations of places of worship. World Without Nazism reported one incident of the desecration of a place of worship.
The Foundation against Racism and Anti-Semitism (GRA) reported one physical assault against a Tamil man in a restaurant by a group that also involved damage to property. The Foundation also reported two incidents of graffiti, an incident of damage to asylum seekers' property and one incident of the desecration of a mosque.
In its fifth report, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) recommended that the Swiss authorities improve their system for recording and monitoring violent incidents in order to obtain more reliable statistics on the racist, homophobic or transphobic motivation of offences.
ODIHR observes that Switzerland has not reported on hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech and/or discrimination.
The Counselling Network for Victims of Racism, set up in 2005 as a joint venture between the association “humanrights.ch” and the Federal Commission against Racism, is a network comprising 11 professional agencies from across Switzerland, offering advice concerning racist discrimination and crime. The network publishes an annual report containing reporting on incidents of racism.