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…

A Life Free from Fear

A Life Free from Fear

A Life Free From Fear – James Carr, Jennifer Schweppe and Amanda Haynes Jennifer Schweppe In an earlier post, Piotr Godzisz raised the question of an east-west divide in understanding and challenging hate crime. Piotr’s blog highlights significant differences between East and Western Europe in the lens through which hate crime is understood, and consequently…

Disability Hate Crime Motivation Survey

Disability Hate Crime Motivation Survey

Over the last few years many disability hate crime campaigners have called for perpetrator analysis. I am one of those: I have been advocating for it since 2008, when I wrote the disability hate crime report, Getting Away With Murder, (for the UK Disabled People’s Council, Disability Now magazine and Scope). At the (British) Disability…

Racist hate crimes: Why do they do it?

Racist hate crimes: Why do they do it?

The massacre of nine African Americans in Charleston by a young man hell bent on starting a “race war” has sent shock waves across the world. Such brutal acts of violence remind us of what seems to be an ever increasingly fractured global society. Despite the wilfully blind trying to maintain the myth of a…

Do Hate Crime Victims want tougher sentences?

Do Hate Crime Victims want tougher sentences?

By Luke Hubbard, Research Assistant, Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice, Northampton University Having been able to secure a majority government following the general election, the Conservatives will be able to implement the majority of their election manifesto in full. In this manifesto they pledged to strengthen the law on disability, homophobic, and transphobic…

Twitter posts

Twitter posts

What’s happening? Hatred in 140 characters or less By Stephanie Carbone Every tweet starts the same by asking: What’s happening? This exploding form of social media and forum for thoughts asks you one simple question and within seconds, your ideas are out there for the world to access and read. In a society where freedom…

Is Racism on the Rise in Britain?

Is Racism on the Rise in Britain?

By George Brockman, University of Sussex In an incident that evokes memories of the rampant racism in football in the 1970s and 1980s, Chelsea fans at an away game in Paris have recently been filmed refusing to allow a black man on to the Metro and singing racist chants. The subsequent outcry has once again…

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