Czech court issues verdict in first hate crime case 

A Czech court has ruled that the author of the death threats against human rights activists has committed a politically-motivated hate crime.

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Why this story matters:

In August last year, the In IUSTITIA organization published an analytical report about hate crime on social networks. Since then its employees have become the target of serious threats, including death threats, from a dozen perpetrators. In response the director of In IUSTITIA filed reports against the most serious verbal attacks.

The District Court for Prague 6, convicted a man who has been repeatedly verbally threatening the organization’s staff with assault and death. He has been fined EUR1,200. The fine might seem low, but this is a breakthrough court decision.

It is the first time a Czech court has convicted a perpetrator for committing a hate crime. 

The offender was convicted for the crime of violence against the group and its individuals, a crime committed by anybody who threatens deaths and violence against another because of race, nationality ethnic affiliation, religion or political conviction.

The court ruled that In IUSTITIA, and its director Klára Kalibová, were attacked because of the perpetrator’s prejudice towards defenders of human rights, and the democratic legal order they represent. In that sense, this is a breakthrough court ruling.

Details from the story:

  • Kalibová said that there was difference between attacks on her male colleagues leading NGO’s; they are not attacked with respect on their gender and appearance as women colleagues are.
  • Some of the verbal attacks of the offender were: “It’s that stinky cunt Kalibová."
  • “Hopefully war will break out, so we can cripple those pigs without impunity."
  • "The cleanest thing to do would be to shoot them all out, I guess I’ll watch some delicious video with Mr Breivik in it."
  • All parties engaged are considering whether to appeal.
  • In IUSTITIA is the only organization in Czechia which offers services to hate crime victims. Apart from providing direct legal and social aid to people attacked physically, verbally or online, In IUSTITIA are dedicated to analytical, research or educational activities.  
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