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…

The Y-Word debate: should the chanting of Yid continue at Tottenham Hotspur F.C matches?

The Y-Word debate: should the chanting of Yid continue at Tottenham Hotspur F.C matches?

Edited by Mark Walters Tottenham Hotspur supporters have long chanted ‘Yid’, a “derogatory epithet” for a Jewish person, as a self-designator and battle-cry for their team. Simmering controversy on whether they should do this recently boiled over when the Football Association (FA) stated Yid was “offensive”, banned the chanting of it and emphasised it can result…

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…

Racism by stealth

Racism by stealth

Doreen Lawrence, mother of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, recently said: I don’t know whether they believe that it’s been accomplished, that racism has been eradicated, but the reality is that it hasn’t. What’s happened is that racism still exists but it is not so overt, that doesn’t mean it is not still there and…

Challenging hatred towards Gypsies, Travellers and Roma: A missed opportunity

Challenging hatred towards Gypsies, Travellers and Roma: A missed opportunity

In recent weeks in the UK, the ex-Home Secretary and current Member of Parliament, David Blunkett, has voiced his concerns regarding the integration of Roma communities in to his constituency in northern England. He has even insinuated that riots may ensue due to the community tensions that he suggests have been enflamed by the failure…

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…

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