Potential hate crimes on the rise this year

22.11.2022 - 11:01
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18 offences classified as potential hate crimes were reported to the police in the first half of this year - but the actual number is likely much higher. 

This year, the police registered 23 possible hate crimes, considerably more than in previous years. However, in the first six months of this year alone, that number had reached 18. 

María Rún Bjarnadóttir, digital violence project manager at Iceland’s National Police, says the police statistics do not always reflect the number of committed crimes. "I don’t think there is a good enough correlation between the number of all hate crime incidents and those reported to us. In our opinion, more incidents occur than we don´t know about. However, the awareness of these crimes is higher, and in recent years, police have become better trained and equipped to deal with them." 

In recent years, most suspected hate crimes have targeted people based on their origins: last year, there were thirteen. This year, however, most of them have been related to sexuality or gender identity.  

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