Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Hate crimes against Muslims in USA doubled in three years

Hate crimes against Muslims in USA doubled in three years

Almost 60 percent of US hate crimes committed in 2016 targeted the victim's race, ethnicity or ancestry, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday in its annual report, which found more than twice as many reports of anti-Semitic hate crimes than anti-Muslim ones.

That figure comes to about 18.2 hate crimes per million Americans, meaning that the rate of hate crimes increased by about 3.8 percent between 2015 and 2016.

According to the report, there were 6,063 single-bias incidents involving 7,509 victims of which approximately 59 percent were targeted because on racial, ethnic and/or ancestral bias; 21 percent because of religious bias, 17 percent on sexual orientation bias, 2 percent on gender identity bias, 1 percent on disability bias, and 0.5 percent on gender bias.

Most hate crimes, about 27 percent, happened at residences.

On Monday, Sessions said the Justice Department is awaiting a full report from a task force on steps it can take to improve training for prosecutors and investigators, boost data collection on hate crimes and partner with local officials and communities. "Hate crimes demand priority attention due to their special impact". And while the number of jurisdictions reporting hate crimes data increased to 15,251 in 2016 from 14,997 in 2015, this is still less than the 15,494 agencies that reported in 2014.

Crimes based on race, ethnicity or ancestry made up 57.5 percent of the incidents in the report. Yet, of those same 124 incidents, 105 targeted transgender people, an increase of 44 percent from 2015.

There were 1,076 incidents involving lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, with nearly two-thirds of those targeting gay men. The FBI recorded nine murders and 24 rapes as hate crimes.

North Dakota reported eight hate crimes previous year.

"I was pleased to learn on November 3, 2017 that the trial resulted in a conviction, and the man now faces life in prison", Sessions said of the Johnson case in his response to the report.

"The department of justice is committed to ensuring that individuals can live without fear of being a victim of violent crime based on who they are, what they believe, or how they worship", attorney general Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

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