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FinlandFinland The District Court of Oulu (Oulun käräjäoikeus / Uleåborgs tingsrätt) 2017 Finland / District Court of Oulu / R 16/2412 Religion Muslims, Migrants, Refugees & Asylum seekers The leader of the Finns Party Youth, Sebastian Tynkkynen, was convicted of incitement to hatred and the breach of the sanctity of religion. In his Facebook-writing, Mr. Tynkkynen demanded that Muslims be rooted out from Finland and stated that every Muslim is a potentially aggressive criminal. View more
HungaryHungary District Court of Szeged (Szegedi Járásbíróság) 2017 Hungary / District Court of Szeged Nationality Refugees & Asylum seekers On 8 September 2015, the camerawoman of an alt-right TV channel was filming at the collection point at Röszke close to the Hungarian-Serbian border where the Police apprehended irregular migrants arriving from Serbia. Some 400 asylum seekers broke out of the collection point and started to run toward the corn fields. The camerawoman was standing in their way. View more
FinlandFinland The District Court of Keski-Suomi (Keski-Suomen käräjäoikeus / Mellersta Finlands tingsrätt) 2017 Finland / District Court of Keski-Suomi / R 16/2618 Religion Muslims, Migrants, Refugees & Asylum seekers A member of the Finnish Parliament, Teuvo Hakkarainen, published a text in Facebook in which he stated that all terrorists are Muslims. Moreover, he demanded that all Muslims be removed from Finland and their entry into the country must be restricted. Mr. Hakkarainen was convicted of incitement to hatred. View more
AustriaAustria Regional Court (Landesgericht) 2016 Austria / Regional Court Salzburg / 47 Hv 73/16k Nationality Refugees & Asylum seekers The case concerns online incitement to hatred and violence. The defendant commented on a video on Facebook by stating [roughly translated:] "A storm gun and some magazines solve these problems in seconds. I do not understand why the genetic special waste is not being fired at immediately". View more
SwedenSweden Svea Court of Appeal (Svea Hovrätt) 2016 Sweden / Svea Court of Appeal / Case no. B4509-16 Religion Muslims Svea Court of Appeal (Svea hovrätt) found a man guilty of incitement of hatred in a post on a facebook page of a local branch of the Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna). The perpetrator, S.V. posted a copy of a message stating that "horny Muslims" have "sick, devilish lusts". The District Court dismissed the charges against S.V. since the post had only been available for everybody during a maximum of 14 hours. View more
NetherlandsNetherlands District Court The Hague (Rechtbank Den Haag) 2016 Netherlands / District Court The Hague / Case no. 09/837304-15 ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2016:15014 Race, Ethnic origin Black people or of African origin On 19 March 2014 elections for municipal government were held. The political party PVV of Geert Wilders participated in those election in two municipalities: Almere and the Hague. On the election night Wilders asked his audience during a meeting of party followers in the Hague: “do you want more or less Moroccans in this city and in the Netherlands?”. In response, the audience - which was instructed beforehand - repeatedly chanted “less”. View more
FranceFrance Public Defender of Rights (Défenseur des droits) 2016 France / Public Defender of Rights / Decision no. MDE-ML-MSP-2016-292 Ethnic origin Migrants The Public Defender of Rights was referred to in December 2015 by associations on the situation of families and children of Comorian origin who had been evicted from their residences, because of their origin, by collectives of villagers, in two villages dependent on the Commune of A. in Mayotte. The police present at the time of these actions prevented neither the destruction of the dwellings nor expulsions of the people. View more
LuxembourgLuxembourg Luxembourg Court of Appeal (Cour d'appel) 2016 Luxembourg / Court of Appeal (5th Chamber), Case no. 596/16 V / Judgement / The Public Prosecutor v. A. Religion, Ethnic origin Migrants, Muslims Between October and November 2015, the accused distributed flyers in several municipalities in Luxembourg containing hate speech messages inciting to hatred against foreigners living in Luxembourg. Migrants in general, and Muslims in particular, were accused of destroying the country and its natural resources, negatively affecting Luxembourgish citizens' rights and living conditions. View more
GreeceGreece Court of Appeal 2016 Greece / Piraeus five-member Court of Appeal / Decision no. / Walid Taleb case Ethnic origin, Migrant status Migrants The Court of Appeal of Piraeus upheld the first-degree judgment convicting Walid Talib’s former boss, and two of his friends for his abduction, inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, and robbery. Walid was an Egyptian national without legal documents who was attacked in November 2012 and subsequently, robbed, tortured and assaulted. View more
PolandPoland I instance: Regional Court Poznan, II instance: District Court in Poznan 2016 Poland / I instance: Regional Court Poznan-Grunwald and Jezyce in Poznan / Ref. no. III K 109/16 / II instance: District Court in Poznan / Ref. no. XVII Ka 1098/16 Religion Muslims On September 12, 2015 during the football match, the accused used a loudspeaker and publicly insulted Muslims. He was encouraging other football fans to sing an insult song about Muslim refugees using words commonly considered as vulgar, which they did. View more
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