Portugal regularly reports information on hate crimes to ODIHR. Portugal's hate crime laws consist of a combination of substantive offences and specific penalty enhancements. The Ministry of Justice and the Prosecutor's Office collect data on hate crime.
|Year||Hate crimes recorded by police||Prosecuted||Sentenced|
|2020||132||Not available||Not available|
|2018||63||Not available||Not available|
|2017||48||Not available||Not available|
|2015||Not available||Not available||Not available|
|2013||Not available||Not available||Not available|
|2012||Not available||Not available||Not available|
|2011||Not available||Not available||Not available|
|2010||Not available||Not available||Not available|
About 2021 Data
Police-recorded figures refer to the crime of racial or religious discrimination only, and include incidents of discrimination and incitement to hatred, which fall outside of the OSCE's definition of hate crime. Records on prosecuted and sentenced cases were not available at the time of publication of ODIHR's 2021 Hate Crime Report.
|2021-01||Violent attacks against people||
Transgender Europe (TGEU)
ODIHR recognizes Portugal's efforts to review its hate crime legislation and the parliament's initiative to ensure a comprehensive approach to address hate crime, including through improved recording and data collection. Portugal is encouraged to extend these efforts as, based on the available information, ODIHR observes that law enforcement agencies have not recorded the bias motivations behind hate crimes. In addition, ODIHR observes that Portugal would benefit from raising awareness among and building the capacity of criminal justice officials to address hate crime.
ODIHR recalls that in Ministerial Council Decision 9/09, OSCE participating States committed to promptly investigating hate crimes and ensuring that the motives of those convicted of hate crimes are acknowledged. To that end, law enforcement agencies must first record the bias motivations behind hate crimes. Participating States also committed to introducing or further developing professional training and capacity-building activities for law enforcement, prosecution and judicial officials dealing with hate crimes. ODIHR stands ready to support Portugal in meeting its relevant commitments through the provision of comprehensive resources and tailored assistance in the area of hate crime recording and data collection, as well as by providing further resources and tailored capacity building assistance for police, prosecution, and judiciary.