Legislating Against Hatred: The Law Commission Proposals on Extending Existing Hate Crime Legislation

Legislating Against Hatred: The Law Commission Proposals on Extending Existing Hate Crime Legislation

In June of this year, the Law Commission (the law reform body for England and Wales) published a consultation paper entitled ‘Hate Crime:  The Case for Extending the Existing Offences’. The current ‘hate crime’ legislation in England and Wales consists of the following:   a) the aggravated offences under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 whereby…

Hate crime in Canada, eh?

Hate crime in Canada, eh?

It’s that time of year when Statistics Canada releases it’s annual report on police reported hate crime in Canada. The July 10, 2013 release of 2011 data was only the 6th such accounting. That in itself says something about our lack of maturity in confronting hate crime. The capacity to document a problem is the…

Saying “I do” to the true meaning of equality: citizenships, rights and homophobia in Northern Ireland

Saying “I do” to the true meaning of equality: citizenships, rights and homophobia in Northern Ireland

Monday 15th July was a historic day for equal rights as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill completed its Third – and final – Reading in the House of Lords. With the first same-sex marriages due to take place in 2014, it would be easy to think that progress with regards to sexual citizenship and…

Keeping up appearances? How changes to one police force’s hate crime policy will protect people victimised for looking ‘different’

Keeping up appearances? How changes to one police force’s hate crime policy will protect people victimised for looking ‘different’

  A change to a crime recording policy within one regional police force does not tend to generate huge levels of news coverage.  However, in the week that Greater Manchester Police announced that they would be recording attacks against members of alternative subcultures as hate crimes, this change in policy became the subject of extensive…

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