Nasc Launch Racist Incident Hate Map to Mark International Human Rights Day

Fri, December 11, 2015

Hate Map ImageTo mark International Human Rights Day, Nasc will be launching an innovative digital ‘Hate Map’ on our website today. The online Hate Map documents incidents of racism from around the country which have been reported to Nasc.

The data displayed on the map has been gathered through Nasc’s third party racism reporting mechanism, which has been operating since 2011. The mechanism enables people to make a report to Nasc if they have been a victim or a witness to an incident of racism or discrimination.

The objective of the Hate Map is to monitor and document these incidents in order to push for legislative and policy change to tackle racism and hate crime. The map can be viewed here.

Nasc’s CEO Fiona Finn comments:

“From the data on the Hate Map, it is clear that racism is very much a reality for migrants and ethnic minorities living in Ireland. It is important for victims and witnesses of racism to know there is something they can do to take action, even if this is by simply reporting it.”

“Many types of racist incidents do not constitute a crime under Irish law, and they are often not recorded by the Gardaí. Both the Hate Map and the racism reporting mechanism form part of Nasc’s ongoing work to combat racism and promote integration.”

“Nasc continues to call for the introduction of hate crime legislation. Heads of Bill have been drafted by the University of Limerick’s Hate and Hostility Research Group and presented to Minister Aodhán Ó Riordáin, at his request, and we await its approval by Cabinet,” finishes Ms. Finn.

Racism against Roma Community

Documenting racist incidents is particularly significant for the Roma community. Last month Nasc facilitated a Leadership and Advocacy training for members of the Roma community in which issues around inequality and experiences of discrimination were discussed. 100% of the participants felt they had been discriminated against in a variety of situations, based on their ethnicity. Participants made racist incidents reports through Nasc’s reporting mechanism, which are now reflected on the Hate Map.

Nasc’s Roma Rights Officer, Bethany Wynne Morgan comments:

“It is great to see engagement from the Roma community around the issue of challenging racism and discrimination. The Roma are extremely marginalised and face discrimination daily as part of their everyday life, so it is really positive to see a greater rights awareness developing within the community whereby individuals feel empowered to stand up and challenge discrimination when it occurs.”

“The daily discrimination that Roma face is completely un-reported and unnoticed by the wider Irish society. I think the Hate Map will be an important visual tool in the Roma rights campaign simply by reflecting the scale of the issue and areas in which the incidents tend to occur – for example in accessing goods and services and within the criminal justice system.”

The development of the hate map was supported by the Open Society Initiative for Europe as part of Nasc’s ‘Making Roma Rights Real‘ Project.

If you have experienced or witnessed a racist incident, you can report it confidentially to Nasc. We also provide support in seeking redress. To find out how to make a report, visit our website here.

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