Switzerland regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Switzerland's Criminal Code does not contain hate crime provisions, although hate crimes are prosecuted under discrimination and hate speech provisions. As such, the data reported to ODIHR include cases of incitement to hatred and discrimination. Information on hate crimes is collected by the Federal Commission against Racism and the Statistical Office and published. The Federal Commission against Racism partners with the association 'humanrights.ch' in the Counselling Network for Victims of Racism, which continuously publishes yearly analytical reports.


Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2019 228 Not available 49
2018 159 - 56
2017 179 Not available 50
2016 164 - 50
2015 181 57 52

Key observation

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