Jews top Swiss hate-crime victims list

Jews top the list of victims of discrimination in Switzerland, a new study says.

The study, released by the Bern-based Federal Commission against Racism, found that between 1995 and 2004, more than a quarter of the 277 criminal proceedings on charges of breaking anti-discrimination laws involved discrimination against Jews. The next-largest group of victims was foreigners, with 20 percent. Dark-skinned people were among the most likely targets, the study said.

More than 80 percent of cases ended in a guilty verdict. According to the sentencing reports, about 12 percent of perpetrators were classified as right-wing extremist.

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