The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, will preside this coming Friday a meeting of the Monitoring Commission of the Action Plan to Fight Hate Crimes, as advanced by laSexta and confirmed by elDiario.es. The chief executive’s attendance at this meeting comes after transcending several homophobic attacks. Among them, the brutal aggression in the center of Madrid committed by eight hooded men investigated by the Police.
Last July, in the midst of the shock over the fatal beating of Samuel Luiz, the Ministry of the Interior issued an instruction requiring the National Police and the Civil Guard that “inescapably” crimes such as that of the young man from A Coruña originate from the beginning an investigation for possible hate crime and that allows specialized agents of the National Office for the Fight Against Hate Crimes, dependent on the Secretary of State for Security, to monitor the investigations.
With this decision, the department of Fernando Grande-Marlaska tries to avoid the recurrence of controversies such as the one that arose as a result of Luiz’s death, in which it was questioned whether the main hypothesis was that homophobia led his murderers to beat him to death. According to the instruction, the existence of any of the “polarization factors” included in a 2020 protocol – that the victim belongs to a discriminated minority on the basis of race, religion or sexual orientation or that the aggressor utters certain “expressions or comments” , among others – it will “inevitably” entail that the police investigation is aimed at revealing the existence of a discriminatory motivation.
The Prosecutor’s Office warned in its annual report known this Monday that hate crimes related to sexual orientation, racism and xenophobia “being the most numerous in all the proceedings and procedures.” Researchers have also detected a “noticeable increase” in aggressions for ideological reasons, evidenced above all in social networks, something that shows “an undesirable polarization and radicalization of the political debate.”
The Report specifies that throughout the past year 2020 the Prosecutor’s Office kept open a total of 236 proceedings related to hate crimes and other criminal types related to discrimination, the majority for incitement to hatred or violence. In addition, 675 judicial processes on this type of cases were kept open. In the generalized context of a decrease in crime due to the pandemic and restrictions, yesterday Dolores Delgado pointed to an increase in crimes of this type committed through the internet and social networks.
The Memory of the Public Ministry also includes a series of recommendations on the management of hate crimes, such as “promoting the coordination of the Public Prosecutor’s Office with the State Security Forces and Bodies” and “deepening inter-institutional cooperation and with the civil society entities “. For years the Prosecutor’s Office has also required a record of this type of crime in the territorial prosecutor’s offices in order to better monitor it.