Antisemitism Overview of data available in the EU 2008–2018 (excerpts), 2019

Reports and evidence from international organisations


Table 1: Observations and recommendations made to Member States of the
European Union by the Human Rights Committee (CCPR), the Committee on
the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and by UN member states
through Universal Period Reviews (UPR) with regard to combating
antisemitism, 2018

Observations and recommendationsSource
LT The State party should: (a) Strengthen its efforts to combat
intolerance, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination towards vulnerable and minority groups, including Roma, Jews, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, by, inter alia, increasing training for law enforcement personnel, prosecutors and the judiciary and conducting awareness-raising campaigns promoting sensitivity and respect for diversity among the general public.
O/4 (CCPR,


Use of IHRA working definition on antisemitism in the Member States


In 2018, the IHRA definition was adopted or endorsed by the governments of Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovakia, and Belgium. The Prosecutor General‘s Office, the Police Department, and the State Security Department of Lithuania indicated to FRA that they rely on a definition of antisemitism that essentially corresponds to the IHRA definition.


National data on antisemitism



Official data

In 2018, the Lithuanian State Security Department (Valstybės saugumo departamentas) recorded one antisemitic incident (against an object related to the Jewish community). According to the data from the Prosecutor General‘s Office, one pre-trial investigation was initiated in 2018 under Article 169 of the Criminal Code alleging discrimination of a person on the grounds of their Jewish ethnicity; it was discontinued in the absence of
a criminal act.

In 2014–2017, three pre-trial investigations under Article 312 (2) of the Criminal Code were initiated – these concerned incidents where places of public respect had been desecrated for antisemitic reasons. All of these pre-trial investigations were discontinued because the offenders liable for the criminal offence were not identified.56

56 UN CERD (2018), CERD/C/LTU/9-10, 23/5/2018, paras. 37-51

The Lithuanian State Security Department recorded two antisemitic incidents in 2009, and one incident between January and July 2010.

The Prosecutor General’s Office reports on pre-trial investigations initiated under Article 170 of the Criminal Code (incitement against any national, racial, religious or other group); in 2008, 12 cases were initiated. In 2009, 20 % of pre-trial investigations under Article 170 involved an antisemitic motive, but the report does not provide the number of cases.57

57 Lithuania (2011), Collegiate Council of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania.

Unofficial data

No unofficial data were available at the time this report was compiled.

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