Hate crime data 2019 (Latvia), 2020

Latvia

Latvia regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Latvia’s criminal code contains a general penalty enhancement. Data reported to ODIHR also include offences of incitement to hatred. Data are collected by the Ministry of Interior, law enforcement agencies, the Department of Analysis and Management of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Courts Administration unit of the Ministry of Justice and the Security Police of the Republic of Latvia. Data are not made publicly available.

How hate crime data is collected

There is no specific system for police to record hate crimes, so they are registered in the same way as any other offence.

While the Prosecution Office captures hate speech cases separately (these are crimes falling under Section 78 of the Criminal Law Triggering of National, Ethnic and Racial Hatred), no statistical information is compiled on hate crimes, which are defined as crimes committed due to racist, national, ethnic or religious motives in Section 48(1)14 of the Criminal Law.

The Court Administration compiles judicial crime statistics according to the relevant criminal law section. Data on hate crimes cannot be captured separately because Latvia’s hate crime provision is not a substantive offence but a sentencing provision.

SELECT YEAR 2019

OFFICIAL DATA

YearHate crimes recorded by policeProsecutedSentencedAbout these data
2019Not availableNot available Not available
2018Not availableNot availableNot available
2017Not availableNot availableNot available
20161170Reported police and prosecution figures consist of incitement of hatred cases. Three of the cases recorded by police may have involved violence or threats.
20151115Reported police and prosecution figures consist of incitement of hatred cases, some of which may have involved violence or threats.

INCIDENTS REPORTED BY OTHER SOURCES

No information is available.

INTERNATIONAL REPORTS

No information is available.

KEY OBSERVATION

ODIHR observes that Latvia has not periodically reported reliable information and statistics on hate crimes to ODIHR.


Document data: published 16.11.2020. Link: http://hatecrime.osce.org/latvia?year=2019

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