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Hate is Not a Family Value – 2015 Is An Important Year for Marriage Equality

Hate is Not a Family Value – 2015 Is An Important Year for Marriage Equality

By Viera Striskova, University of Geneva It’s definitely not the first time that the majority population is going to speak out on minorities’ rights. In the last century, men were asked to approve  female suffrage, older voters accepted referendums lowering the voting age and now, another majority – this time heterosexual, will decide about the…

Eastern crimes, western theories: Conceptualising the hate crime model in Central and Eastern Europe

Eastern crimes, western theories: Conceptualising the hate crime model in Central and Eastern Europe

By Piotr Godzisz, University College London  We are used to talking about the east/west divide when it comes to intolerance in Europe. But is there an east/west divide when it comes to understanding hate crime? Studying hate crime in central and eastern Europe is difficult, not least because understanding the phenomenon in this context does not ‘fit’ western…

Hate Crime and Restorative Justice: Exploring Causes, Repairing Harms

Hate Crime and Restorative Justice: Exploring Causes, Repairing Harms

Introduction In 1998 the UK Government changed the law so that offenders of racially aggravated assault, harassment and criminal damage would receive an enhanced penalty for their crimes. Since then, various Acts of Parliament have been introduced that enhance the punishment for an array of different types of hate crime – including offences where the…

It’s Time For the Right Change: Legislating Against the Use of Conversion Therapy

It’s Time For the Right Change: Legislating Against the Use of Conversion Therapy

Author: Ali Khan, edited by Mark Walters The Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill 2013-14 aims to introduce a Code of ethics for registered counsellors, therapists and psychotherapists which if passed will include a prohibition on gay to straight conversion therapy. Conversion therapy (CT), aka ‘Reparative Therapy’ is a process whereby “psychotherapists” attempt to change someone’s…

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