Serbia

Serbia regularly reports data on hate crimes to ODIHR. Serbia's Criminal Code contains a general penalty enhancement provision and a substantive offence provision. The data reported to ODIHR also include cases of incitement to hatred, individual defamation, other hate speech offences, discrimination and the violation of equality. Serbia's Prosecutor's Office collects data on hate crime.

SELECT YEAR

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2019 86 14 10
2018 61 12 7
2017 5 0 0
2016 9 1 2
2015 79 7 19

National developments

In 2019, the National Strategy for Exercising the Rights of Victims and Witnesses of Crimes, for the period 2019-2025, as well as the Action Plan for the first three years of the Strategy's implementation were drafted.

The Public Prosecutor's Office, the Judicial Academy and the OSCE Mission to Serbia continued organizing training events for public prosecutors in 2019, with the aim improving the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes. These events included the presentation of the Guidelines for the prosecution of hate crimes in the Republic of Serbia, developed jointly by the Public Prosecutor's Office, the OSCE Mission to Serbia and civil society representatives, as well as examples of practical actions of the competent bodies concerning hate crimes, and the practice of the European Court of Human Rights.

Key observation

ODIHR observes that the law enforcement agencies of Serbia have not recorded the bias motivations of hate crimes.