The Government committed in June to introducing hate crime legislation within 12mths & said it would revise & update the 1989 Incitement to Hatred Act.The Dept of Justice has concluded its review of the Act based on public consultations & submissions. A report detailing these findings & research into hate crime legislation in 5 other jurisdictions is due to be released, we hope, by the end of Nov.
This report will set out the thinking in Justice which will go into the wording of a General Scheme of a Bill which we anticipate the government will publish & bring to the Oireachtas Justice Committee in the 1st quarter of 2021. This process will lead to the drafting of a Government Bill.
As civil society orgs, INAR & its allies in the Coalition Against Hate Crime (CAHC) are looking forward to the publication of the report to begin the discussion about the principles & thinking which will inform the framing of the Government Bill.
To: Minister for Justice and Equality
Love Not Hate: Unite to legislate against hate crime
We are calling for the government to enact hate crime legislation immediately, to protect people from various minorities in Ireland. We want to help break the silence on hate crime, encourage people to report racism and other hate attacks and to find effective ways to address it.
Why is this important?
Ireland, unlike most other EU countries, has no hate crime legislation.
The YES Equality campaign was an amazing show of public support for equality in Ireland. We want our government to take the next step, and protect those among us who are perceived to be different because of our skin colour, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical, intellectual, mental abilities and so on. We need to send a clear message that racism and hate have no place in our communities and that our society should be inclusive of all.
Please sign this petition to the Minister for Justice and Equality, who has the power to enact legislation to protect us all. Let’s make sure he feels the strong pressure from thousands of us to protect our families, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Help us send out a strong message that we want to live in a truly inclusive Republic which values all of our minorities and the integrity of our communities. Let's make sure there is no space for hate in our country.
How it will be delivered
The petition will be delivered to Helen McEntee, the Minister for Justice.