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Is there evidence of significant disparities between the number of racist incidents and crimes reported and the numbers of racist incidents and crimes recorded by police authorities?

Key Area:
Policing - Law Enforcement - Justice
Racism, Discrimination
19/01/2012 - 17:47
Short Answer

The data on racist incidents are very limited in scope, however, there is some information indicating disparities.

Qualitative Info

There is only one unofficial collector of any data on hate crimes in Slovenia. [] is a Slovenian hotline which provides means for anonymous reporting of illegal Internet contents. This contact point, however, only records the internet-related hate speech incidents, so indications of disparities between unofficial data and crimes recorded by the police can only be found in this field.

In 2010 the police handled 52 criminal offences under Article 297 of the Criminal Code (hate speech). The same year received 801 complaints of alleged hate speech. Upon the assessment, 69 criminal denouncements were lodged with the police. Of these, 57% related to same-sex persons, 10% targeted Roma, additional 15% were aimed at other ethnic groups, 4% were instances of hate speech on the grounds of religion, 10 % of the cases were classified in the category ╩╗other╩╝, while in 1% of the cases no specific ground was identified. This shows disparities between police data and unofficial data, especially since records only internet-related hate speech incidents, while the data of the police are related to all forms of hate speech.

Source: General Police Directorate;

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Asylum seekers, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Africans/black people, National minorities
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Anti-semitism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, Arabophobia, Anti-roma/zinghanophobia, Religious intolerance, Inter-ethnic, Nationalism, Homophobia, Anti-roma/ romaphobia, Xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement, Media, Internet, Political discourse -parties - orgs, Daily life
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