Antisemitism – Overview of data available in the EU 2009–2019 (excerpt), 2020


Official data

In 2019, the Lithuanian State Security Department (Valstybės saugumo
) recorded five antisemitic incidents. In one case out of
these five it was possible to identify the perpetrators and initiate criminal

In contrast, the State Security Department recorded one antisemitic incident in 2018 (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. This alleges 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.63

63 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 2009, 20 % of pre-trial investigations under Article 170 involved an antisemitic motive, but the report does not provide the number of cases.64

64 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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