On Hate Crime and Terrorism

On Hate Crime and Terrorism

    By David Brax, post-doc at the Centre for European Research (CERGU), and the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and the Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg In the aftermath of the massacre in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on June 27th 2015 a discussion arose concerning how to categorize what had…

Is Britain Fairer? Hate crime as a human rights issue

Is Britain Fairer? Hate crime as a human rights issue

By Dr Hazel Wardrop, Research Manager, Equality and Human Rights Commission The issue of hate crime in London and across Great Britain has dominated headlines. In October 2015, the Prime Minister David Cameron announced a commitment for police forces in England and Wales to record Islamophobic offences as a separate category of hate crime, in…

Pervasive Racism: How public and political responses to a recent tragedy in Ireland’s Traveller Community were shaped by Anti-Traveller hostility

Pervasive Racism: How public and political responses to a recent tragedy in Ireland’s Traveller Community were shaped by Anti-Traveller hostility

Amanda Haynes, Sindy Joyce and Jennifer Schweppe Hate and Hostility Research Group, University of Limerick On Saturday the 10th of October 2015, a horrific fire devastated the homes of three families in Carrickmines in South Dublin, Ireland. Ten people, including five children and a pregnant woman, lost their lives. Fifteen survivors were left homeless following…

Disablist Hate Crime- A Suitable Case for Treatment

Disablist Hate Crime- A Suitable Case for Treatment

Professor Alan Roulstone outlines the complex dynamics of ‘vulnerability’ evident in socio-legal responses to disabilist hate crime.   Social scientists rightly attach scepticism to the latest crisis or moral panic-whether it emanates from government, print or social media. This scepticism is based on a healthy degree of doubt as to whether a social phenomenon is…

Gendering Homophobic Hate Crime: Reporting, Responses and Research

Gendering Homophobic Hate Crime: Reporting, Responses and Research

Part of the Challenging ‘Hate Crime’: Research, Policy and Practice series   by Marian Duggan  As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, the University of Liverpool’s International Criminological Research Unit partnered with their Moving on with Life and Learning colleagues to host a one-day conference entitled Challenging ‘Hate Crime’: Research, Policy and Practice.    Speakers and…

Pride, Prejudice and Politics: Global Tensions in Effecting Sexual and Religious Rights

Pride, Prejudice and Politics: Global Tensions in Effecting Sexual and Religious Rights

Dr Marian Duggan It is Gay Pride season across the globe as many cities come together to celebrate all things lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ). As well as promoting achievements, the Gay Pride parade has become a necessary political platform for many sexual minorities to demonstrate ongoing prejudice, inequality and oppression. The first…

Police Hate Crime Challenges Examined in New Report

Police Hate Crime Challenges Examined in New Report

      Dr Loretta Trickett and Dr Paul Hamilton of Nottingham Trent University share their latest research findings and recommendations regarding the policing of hate crime. As issues of ‘identity’ become increasingly politicised, and in some circles demonised, an independent study into the policing of hate crime has for the first time investigated the perspectives…

Poland is stepping up the fight against hate

Poland is stepping up the fight against hate

By Piotr Godzisz For the first time, the Polish government agrees that people targeted because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or disability deserve the enhanced protection purportedly offered by hate crime laws. From the point of view of scholarship, the on-going debate provides some interesting insights on the internationalization of anti-hate policies, identity politics…

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination  –  Celebrating the paradox

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – Celebrating the paradox

Written by Viera Striskova, University of Geneva. This December marks a momentous occasion as it will be 50 years since the adoption of the first legally binding international treaty protecting human rights: the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). A necessary reflection on the issue started with the International Day for the…

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