The report “HATE CRIMES IN POLAND IN 2018 – SELECTED CASES” was created at the request of the Hate Crime Reporting Team of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODiHR) which has been dealing with the collection of cases of hate crimes in member countries and cooperating states for years. The report prepared by ODF aimed at presenting specific cases of hate crimes committed by people of Polish nationality in relation to other people on the background of their nationality, religious denomination or race.
According to the analysis of the Ministry of Justice, in the first half of 2018, 890 cases of hate crimes were reported to Polish law enforcement agencies.
“Over 31% concern an insult to a group or a person. 30% of cases concern the public propagation of fascism and totalitarianism, over 20%, violence and 3%, offense of religious feelings. The least percent concerns fights and battery. Most crimes were committed using the Internet. There were a lot of cases concerning verbal threats against a person and racist graffiti on walls, buildings or fences. The least number of cases was related to demonstrations, assemblies, rallies, book and press publications and the behaviour of fans and sportsmen.”
Unfortunately, not all criminal acts motivated by racial, xenophobic, homophobic hatred, etc., are reported to law enforcement authorities. Below we present some cases of hate crimes, the details of which can also be found in media reports in 2018. For simplicity, cases have been divided into appropriate categories.