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Report Data - Ukraine - 2014

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2017 163 94 3
2016 144 76 2
2015 157 79 3
2014 33 33 2
2013 Not available Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

National developments

The Main Investigation Department of the National Police of Ukraine, together with the Lviv State University of Internal Affairs, developed Methodological Recommendations on the specifics of investigating hate crimes. The guidelines were made available to officers.

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Nash Mir reported one physical assault against a man perceived to be Russian carried out by a group. The Diversity Initiative reported 19 incidents of physical assaults, in which most of the victims were of African origin, although some were also members of the Jewish and Roma community, 22 incidents of vandalism, including 19 against Jewish property, two against Crimean Tartar property and one against Roma property.

The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine (CNCU) reported three physical assaults, including two carried out by groups. The CNCU also reported one incident in which two young men were physically assaulted, causing the death of one and serious injury to the other, one physical assault carried out by a group causing serious injuries, one incident in which Nigerian students were kidnapped and robbed, one arson attack and two incidents of vandalism.

World Without Nazism reported two racist physical assaults, including one attack by a group, and a case of damage to property. 

The Diversity Initiative, the International Office for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported five cases of physical assault and four incidents of vandalism in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine. Crimean Tatar and Roma communities were the main targets of these attacks.

World Without Nazism also reported a physical attack and two incidents of graffiti targeting Crimean Tatars in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine.

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Fulcrum, the Congress of National Communities of Ukraine (CNCU) and Nash Mir reported an arson attack against a theatre during the screening of a film linked with LGBT issues. Fulcrum reported 112 physical assaults, some causing serious injury and most carried out by groups against gay men and lesbians. The attacks were filmed on mobile phones and posted on the Internet. Fulcrum also reported a series of physical attacks by groups against two gay clubs.

Nash Mir reported ten physical assaults, six of which were carried out by groups and four of which were also filmed and posted on the Internet. A man was stabbed several times in one incident. These assaults also included one case of oral rape, accusations against gay men of paedophilia and, in one case, a victim was admitted to a psychiatric hospital as a result of his experience. Nash Mir and the CNCU also reported a series of attacks against two gay clubs causing damage to property and serious injury to a club guard, one incident of graffiti and two threats. World Without Nazism reported an attempted attack by a group on a pride parade.

Nash Mir  and the CNCU reported a series of physical assaults and robberies carried out by a group against people at a gay club located in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine. 

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The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine (CNCU) reported a physical assault against a young Roma and one incident in which a group attacked houses and threatened Roma people.

The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) and the CNCU reported a series of robberies and assaults against Roma people in their homes in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine.

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The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress (EAJC) the Congress of National Communities of Ukraine (CNCU) and the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine reported three incidents of physical assaults carried out by groups, all of which targeted men, one of whom required medical treatment; one physical assault on a rabbi; one attempted physical assault carried out by a group against a couple; three arson attacks, two of which targeted synagogues; and three incidents of graffiti.

The EAJC and the CNCU reported two additional arson attacks, one targeting a synagogue and one against a Holocaust memorial, 10 incidents of vandalism, six of which involved anti-Semitic graffiti on Holocaust memorials, and three incidents of the desecration of graves.

The Jewish Confederation of Ukraine reported one additional incident, in which a Jewish man was threatened by an armed group, during which the victim's car was also damaged.

World Without Nazism reported a physical assault by a group on two men identified as Jews, three arson attacks and the bombing of a Sunday school. Seven incidents of damage to property, including one which caused injuries, three incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti and three incidents of the desecration of graves were also reported.

The EAJC, the CNCU and the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine further reported one incident of graffiti on a synagogue that took place in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine. World Without Nazism further reported one incident of damage to property in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine.

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Jehovah's Witnesses – Ukraine reported 35 physical assaults, of which five caused serious injuries, two were carried out by groups, and two involved the use of firearms; three physical assaults that also involved damage to property, two of which involved damaging religious materials; and six arson attacks on places of worship, three of which targeted the same place. In addition, the organization reported five incidents of threats; six incidents during which literature carts were damaged, and three incidents of graffiti.

The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine (CNCU) reported two incidents of arson attacks against Orthodox churches. World Without Nazism reported a case of damage to religious property, three cases of arson and one case of the desecration of graves.

Jehovah's Witnesses – Ukraine further reported two incidents during which the victims, two men in one case and one in the other, were detained for several days and tortured by armed men; ten physical assaults, including two causing serious injury, one during which the victim was threatened with a firearm, and one incident carried out by a group. In addition, the organization reported two separate incidents of threats against an ordained minister and his family, one incident of kidnapping and detention for ten days, one robbery, an arson attack on a place of worship by armed men, two threats and one incident of damage to property. All took place in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine.

The CNCU also reported an attack against an Orthodox priest and his family that was carried out by a group and involved damage to a church; one incident in which a priest and his wife were kidnapped; one incident of threats against worshippers in a protestant Church; and one incident of robbery and threats against a protestant pastor. The incidents described above took place in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine.

World Without Nazism also reported one physical assault and a further arson attack in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine.

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The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine (CNCU) reported one physical assault causing serious injury, during which assailants tried to remove a woman's headscarf.

The CNCU also reported the kidnapping and beating of a Tatar man and two arson attacks against mosques in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine.

World Without Nazism reported two arson attacks targeting mosques, committed in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine.

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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported 11 physical assaults, including five carried out by groups and two also involving an attempted theft, as well as a robbery and graffiti on the home of a refugee. Victims were from Afghanistan, Chad, Pakistan, Senegal and Somalia.

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The UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues recommended that authorities ensure adequate protection of Roma communities and that any incidents of violence and intimidation be fully and speedily investigated and perpetrators prosecuted.

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Developments
ODIHR Recommendations 

ODIHR observes that Ukraine has not reported on cases of hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech and/or discrimination.

National Developments 
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Police officers responsible for pre-trial investigations participated in training sessions organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that focused on identifying and investigating hate crimes.

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Parliament adopted a number of amendments to the Criminal Code and to other laws. The Act on the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities included disability among protected characteristics in some of the hate crime provisions in Ukraine’s Criminal Code.

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Official figures recorded 16 racist hate crimes.

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Official figures recorded three anti-Semitic hate crimes.

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Official figures recorded 14 hate crimes motivated by anti-religious bias.

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