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…

Hate crime in Canada, eh?

Hate crime in Canada, eh?

It’s that time of year when Statistics Canada releases it’s annual report on police reported hate crime in Canada. The July 10, 2013 release of 2011 data was only the 6th such accounting. That in itself says something about our lack of maturity in confronting hate crime. The capacity to document a problem is the…

Saying “I do” to the true meaning of equality: citizenships, rights and homophobia in Northern Ireland

Saying “I do” to the true meaning of equality: citizenships, rights and homophobia in Northern Ireland

Monday 15th July was a historic day for equal rights as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill completed its Third – and final – Reading in the House of Lords. With the first same-sex marriages due to take place in 2014, it would be easy to think that progress with regards to sexual citizenship and…

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