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Ireland’s lack of Hate Crime legislation

Ireland’s lack of Hate Crime legislation

posted by GARN Member

A year ago

In Ireland, from the moment a victim reports a crime to the point at which a judge hands down a sentence, the hate element of the crime is removed from the process. We are one of a small number of EU countries that does not have specific hate crime legislation. There is nothing in place to protect those who are perceived to be different because of their skin colour, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, different physical or mental abilities etc.

We are one of a small number of EU countries that does not have specific hate crime legislation. 

People of an African background and transgender people experience hate crime in Ireland at a higher rate than most places in Europe. Studies and reports by the Irish Council of Civil Liberties and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency both conclude that Ireland is well above the EU average in relation to people from certain backgrounds experiencing discrimination.
We need to send a strong message that hate has no place in our communities. We must break the silence on hate crime by encouraging people to report it and pushing our political representatives at all levels to enact the required legislation now.


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