BACIK CALLS FOR LEGISLATION ON HATE CRIME

Posted on July 09, 2015

BACIK CALLS FOR LEGISLATION ON HATE CRIME

Labour Seanad leader, Spokesperson on Justice
Thursday 9th July 2015

Senator Ivana Bacik will this evening be one of the speakers at a public meeting hosted by Labour Equality on 'Hate Crime: Old Prejudices, New Responses' to be held at 7pm in Wynns Hotel. 

In her speech tonight, Senator Bacik will call for the introduction of legislation on hate crime, and will say:

“There is a growing movement for change to the law on hate crime in Ireland today. In September 2014, the National Youth Council of Ireland launched the ‘No Hate Speech’ movement in Ireland, a Council of Europe initiative to encourage young people to challenge online hate speech; to challenge racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of intolerance. Also in 2014, a research team from the University of Limerick published a report on hate crime, entitled "Life Free from Fear". Their report shows that hate crime is a very real phenomenon in Ireland today, and one which affects many different communities."

"Many victims of crime are targeted because of their sexual orientation, gender, including gender identity, race, religion, disability, age, ethnicity, including membership of the Traveller Community and sometimes for a combination of these personal characteristics. We know that the current legal regime is incapable of addressing hate crime, and that is why I am calling for legislative change to recognise and tackle hate crime."

Event Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/980879805279784/

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