Crimes of a racist or xenophobic nature

A report on crimes committed against a specific national or ethnic group.
Among the provisions contained within the Swedish Penal Code, there is one that is of particular significance in relation to crimes of a racist or xenophobic nature. The law was introduced in 1948 and has existed in its current form since 1988. This law relates to the protection of groups, not of individuals. During the 1990s, there was a dramatic increase in the number of reported offences recorded by the police as agitation against a national or ethnic group.
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© The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, 2001
Authors: Helène Lööw, Lotta Nilsson


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