Mark Walters

The Life Cycle of a Hate Crime: Recommendations for effectively combating hate crime across Europe

The Life Cycle of a Hate Crime: Recommendations for effectively combating hate crime across Europe

Introduction In 2015 five members of the International Network for Hate Studies from the Czech Republic, England and Wales, Ireland, Latvia and Sweden successfully applied for an Action Grant from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers with our project entitled “Life Cycle of a Hate Crime”. The key aim of the project was…

“Biphobia … what biphobia?” – Bisexual erasure in the LGBTQI community

“Biphobia … what biphobia?” – Bisexual erasure in the LGBTQI community

By Ruth Walshe, University of Sussex Categorised by their deviance from the supposed norm of heterosexuality and cisgender identity, LGBTQI people have long now found themselves hoarded together, fighting for their rights side by side. However, there are an abundance of individual identities within LGBTQI communities; each letter standing for a different (though often intersecting)…

A new Hate Crime Act is needed to address vast ‘justice gap’ for hate crime in England and Wales

A new Hate Crime Act is needed to address vast ‘justice gap’ for hate crime in England and Wales

By Dr Mark Walters, co-Director of the International Network for Hate Studies It is almost twenty years since the UK Government enacted specific race hate crime offences (ss. 28-32 Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (CDA)). Since then, the legislation has been amended to include religious-based hate crimes, while sentencing provisions that prescribe sexual orientation, disability…

Examining the Impacts of Hate Crimes Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People

Examining the Impacts of Hate Crimes Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People

By Professor Rupert Brown, Mark Walters and Jennifer Paterson, University of Sussex In 2015/2016 there were 7,194 recorded hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation hostility and a further 858 recorded incidents based on transgender identity hostility in England and Wales; rises of 29% and 41% from 2014/2015 respectively (Home Office, 2015/16). This may suggest improved…

Thinking about Orlando

Thinking about Orlando

By Jennifer Schweppe and Mark Walters The attack on the LGBTQI community in Orlando this weekend is reverberating across the globe. With 50 people dead and 53 injured at the time of writing, the mass shooting represents an attack, not just on Orlando, on Florida, or on the United States, but an attack on the…

Islamophobia in the 21st century: Is history repeating?

Islamophobia in the 21st century: Is history repeating?

By Alexander Bisset, Student, University of Sussex, School of Law. It is said that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, perhaps an overused cliché lacking relevance in the modern age? For the people of the Jewish faith it is an epithet seared into the living consciousness. ‘Kristallnacht‘, the night Jews…

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…

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