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Is there an estimate or evidence that hate crime cases/incidents are under-reported disproportionately in relation to other crimes?

Key Area:
Anti-racist Crime Legislation & Implementation
25/11/2011 - 21:51
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There is an estimate (made by experts from non-governmental organisations) that such crimes are not always reported to law enforcement representatives. Firstly, the statistics do not include racially motivated crimes that do not comprise of acts described in the articles of the Criminal Code. The Temida statistical system, which collects crime statistics broken down by particular articles of the criminal code, indicates that the number of racist crimes in Poland is low. However, the statistics may miss a portion of reported racist crimes beginning at the police report stage. This may occur because, in the Temida system, when a suspect is accused of two or more crimes, the report records only the crime carrying the highest potential penalty. As such, that will not always be the racist crime as the punishments for these crimes are relatively low. Another reason the statistics may be missed is that officials recording crime reports may ignore the racist aspects and treat racist cases as common crimes.

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Asylum seekers
Type (R/D) Extremism - organised Racist Violence
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