Interior will create specific groups for hate crimes in the information units of the Police and the Civil Guard. It is one of the measures that have been decided to incorporate into the Action Plan to Combat Hate Crimes at the meeting of the monitoring commission chaired by Pedro Sánchez this Friday. The convocation of that body – in charge of designing the 2022-2024 strategy to combat those crimes that have been on the rise in Spain in recent years – came after the report of an alleged homophobic aggression in Madrid that then it turned out to be false.
The Government demands that the false complaint not be used to deny the increase in homophobic violence
The generalized creation of these groups for hate crimes is one of the measures of that plan, which will make assistance and support to victims one of its main priorities with measures that, according to the press release issued by the Ministry of the Interior after the meeting, they have yet to be finalized. Agents from the Provincial Police Information Brigade, which is a group specialized in terrorism and crimes of radical organizations and which is also in charge of the hate crimes.
The Secretary of State for Security recently issued an instruction, as a result of the crime in A Coruña by Samuel Luiz, on the hate crime investigations that were applied from the first moment in the case of the complaint of the aggression in Madrid. That instruction indicated that in the event that a single indicator appears that points to an assault due to discrimination, the police investigation should focus from the beginning to clarify whether it is a hate crime.
The Government strives to demand that the resolution of the Malasaña neighborhood case not used to deny the rise in homophobic violence. Hate crimes experience a 9% annual growth since 2014, according to the Executive. “This false complaint cannot prevent us from describing what is true, the reality that people of different sexual orientations suffer unfortunately because of the fact that they are as they are,” said the president on Thursday.
In addition to improving the investigative capacity of the State Security Forces and Bodies, as well as their training and awareness of this type of crime, Interior is committed to strengthening its “coordination mechanisms” with the regional and local police. “Crime prevention will be focused on through the development of risk assessment tools, a procedure that is already applied in the VioGén Comprehensive Follow-up System in cases of Gender Violence,” says the note, which also points out that the commission The follow-up has approved the increase in personal resources – which it does not detail – of the National Office for the Fight against Hate Crimes, created in 2018.
Interior also emphasizes the collaboration with the third sector in the implementation of the first plan to fight hate crimes and is committed to “further encouraging their participation and listening to their proposals.”
At the meeting chaired by Sánchez, in addition to Grande-Marlaska, and the Secretary of State for Security, Rafael Pérez, the leaders of the National Office for the Fight against Hate Crimes and the National Police and Civil Guard commanders. Boti García, general director of Sexual Diversity and LGTBI, of the Ministry of Equality; Fernando Rodríguez, coordinator against hate crimes and discrimination at the Prosecutor’s Office; Karoline Fernández, director of the Spanish Observatory Against Racism and Xenophobia; Carlos Daniel Casares, Secretary General of the FEMP; Esteban Ibarra, of the Council of Victims of Hate Crimes; Ana Blanco, from the Observatory for Religious Freedom; Uge San Gil, president of the Spanish Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals; Luis Cayo, president of the Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities (CERMI); and Rufino Tirado, from LGTBIpol, Agents of the Authority for Diversity.