Portugal regularly reports information on hate crimes to ODIHR. Portugal's hate crime laws consist of a combination of substantive offences and specific penalty enhancements. The Ministry of Justice and the Prosecutor's Office collect data on hate crime.
Portugal amended Article 240 of its Criminal Code to more fully address hate crimes.
In its "Fifth report on Portugal", the Council of Europe's European Commission against Racism and Intolerance commended the appointment of four specialized hate crime prosecutors. ECRI recommended that the authorities adopt a broad definition of hate crime based on victims' perceptions and put in place a set of guidelines enabling improved registration and effective processing of such incidents, as well as the production of reliable statistics.
ODIHR observes that the law enforcement agencies of Portugal have not recorded the bias motivations of hate crimes.