Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Hate crimes: Rise in offences linked to religious beliefs

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A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said: "Our message is clear - to target hate at a person due to their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender is a crime that can have a devastating impact upon individuals and communities".

"Analysis of racially motivated hate crime by religion shows that Muslim adults were more likely to be a victim of racially motivated hate crime than other adults", it notes.

There were 80,393 hate crimes recorded by police in England and Wales in 2016/17, an increase of 29% compared with 2015/16.

Shenoted that the most commonly targeted groups are Muslims and Jews.

The Law Commission review of hate crime legislation will investigate and assess how it can be improved and whether extra protected characteristics such as misogyny and age should be added.

The Home Office document said: "This increase is thought to be largely driven by improvements in police recording, although there has been spikes in hate crime following certain events such as the European Union referendum and the terrorist attacks in 2017".

This is the first time that the annual United Kingdom government study, published on Tuesday, has included data about the perceived religion of hate crime targets.

Police forces in England and Wales recorded 1,651 crimes motivated by the transgender identity of the victim, with campaigners describing the figures as a "wake-up call".

The number of hate offences recorded by police jumped after the terrorist attack by Khalid Masood at Westminster in March a year ago.

The launch coincides with national Hate Crime Awareness Week and the plan has been developed by organisations such as Durham Constabulary, Durham County Council, Darlington Borough Council, Durham University. "We want people to know that hate crime will be taken seriously and there is support available to anyone who needs it". The logic behind this fear is that incidents motivated by hatred over religion, gender, class, or any other distinction are somehow worse than crimes committed over money, love, or any other number of factors.

A charity's calling on victims to come forward as figures reveal a rise in disability hate crimes in Hertfordshire.

The Home Office also announced £1.5 million of new funding "for programmes that work with schools and young people to challenge discriminatory beliefs" and said that they have given money to nine churches, 22 mosques, two Hindu temples, and 12 Sikh gurdwaras over the year. Based on data voluntarily submitted by about 15,000 law enforcement agencies in the US, the Federal Bureau of Investigation documented 6,121 hate crime incidents in 2016, up 5 percent from the previous year.

"Our refreshed action plan sets out how we will tackle the root causes of prejudice and racism, support hate crime victims and ensure offenders face the full force of the law".