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A review of Hate crime is underway and is being conducted by an Independent review group.

A review of Hate Crime

A review of Hate crime is underway and is being conducted by an Independent review  group

The terms of reference :

  • Determine if existing hate crime legislation represents the most effective approach for the justice system to deal with criminal conduct motivated by hatred, malice, ill-will or prejudice.
  • A workable and agreed definition of what is a hate crime;
  • Determine if the current enhanced sentence approach in Northern Ireland is appropriate;
  • Review and if necessary expand the current protected categories of Hate Crime;
  • Examine and review the current legislative framework for incitement offences;
  • Identify any gaps, anomalies and inconsistencies in the current legal framework and recommend improvements to guarantee everyone’s human rights are protected ;
  • Examine the potential for alternative or mutually supportive restorative approaches for dealing with hate motivated offending.
  • The review will go out for consultation in January 2020

For further information  go to www.hatecrimereviewni.org.uk

 

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