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.
|Year||Hate crimes recorded by police||Prosecuted||Sentenced|
About 2010 Data
Figures refer only to crimes of incitement to hatred.
In Milanović v. Serbia, for the first time the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) referenced the duty of officials to investigate a religiously motivated crime. The Court stated that, just as in the case of “racially motivated attacks, when investigating violent incidents, State authorities have the additional duty to take all reasonable steps to unmask any religious motive and to establish whether or not religious hatred or prejudice may have played a role in the events.” The case concerned a leading member of the Vaishnava Hindu religious community, also known as Hare Krishna, who suffered a series of attacks between 2001 and 2007.