Turkey regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Turkey's Criminal Code contains a specific penalty enhancement provision. Data are collected by the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Justice, and are not made publicly available.
|Year||Hate crimes recorded by police||Prosecuted||Sentenced|
About 2010 Data
Prosecution and sentencing figures only include crimes of incitement to hatred and discrimination.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) made several recommendations to the government of Turkey, including encouraging the enactment of legislation that ensures racist motivation is considered an aggravating circumstance of criminal acts, the thorough investigation of alleged racist incidents, and the introduction of a “systematic and comprehensive monitoring of all incidents that might constitute racist violence.”
In September 2010, the European Court of Human Rights held that that Turkey had failed to protect the life of Hrant Dink, a Turkish-Armenian journalist and human rights defender, when it could reasonably be expected to be aware of potential assassination attempts on his life by nationalist groups. Furthermore, the Court held that Turkey failed to conduct an effective investigation into the failures that occurred in protecting the life of Mr. Dink. Also in 2010, the person who killed Mr. Dink was found guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced to 21 years’ and six months’ imprisonment.