Nasc welcomes launch of hate crime legislation

Mon, July 13, 2015

NascLogo3As a member of the NGO Working Group on Hate Crime, Nasc welcomes the launch today of legislative proposals ‘Out of the Shadows: Legislating for Hate Crime in Ireland’ by the University of Limerick Hate and Hostility Research Group. The detailed proposals were launched by Minister of State Aodhán Ó Riordáin, along with a strong briefing paper outlining the background, evidence and rationale for the proposals.

Nasc CEO Fiona Finn comments:

“The legislative proposals launched today are the culmination of several years of campaigning from NGOs involved in the Working Group calling for the introduction of hate crime legislation to tackle racism and other bias crimes.”

“The proposals are backed by a thorough, cross-sectoral research project conducted by the UL Hate and Hostility Research Group to ensure that the draft heads are the strongest and best fit for the Irish legal context.”

“We are delighted that Minister Ó Riordáin has committed to bringing these legislative proposals to government and we are extremely hopeful that we will soon see a government-wide commitment to implementing the legislation.”

“For years, Nasc has noted that low levels of official reporting of racist incidents do not correspond to what is happening to people on the ground. Hate crime is an issue in Ireland and we need to take a strong stance against it. A strong legal framework sends a clear message that racism and other forms of hate will not be tolerated.”

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