Unite to legislate against hate crime
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, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, different physical or mental abilities, neurodiversity and so on.
Introducing hate crime legislation would place us among the majority of countries in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the European and common law countries. It would help Ireland meet its United Nations, European Union and other international obligations.
LOVE NOT HATE PETITION HAND-IN
On 10th February, together with the Coalition Against Hate Crime Ireland (CAHC), we delivered signatures from the Love Not Hate Campaign to the Minister of Justice at Leinster House. The petition was welcomed and received by Senator Alice Mary Higgins, Senator Francis Black, Martin Kenny TD, Neasa Hourigan TD, Cian O’Callaghan TD, Richard Boyd Barrett TD & Ivana Bacik TD.
The petition was endorsed by over 90 organisations and has over 15,000 signatures, and calls for Hate Crime Legislation and effective measures to protect affected groups from the harms caused by violence and other crimes directed at their identities.
Why do we need hate crime legislation?
We need to send a clear message that hate crime against anyone’s identity has no place in our communities and that our society should be inclusive of all.
We must break the silence on hate crime, give the state the tools to deal with it, encourage people to report it, and find effective ways to address all forms of racism and prejudice. This legislation can help to achieve that.
#LoveNotHate: Get involved
Online and social media
- Watch and share our campaign video.
- Join the conversation. Use #LoveNotHate hashtag on social media.
- Put politicians under pressure. Involve them in the conversation about hate crime. Tag them in your tweets about the campaign. Email them.
- Print out the Love Not Hate image, take a photo with your friends and/or colleagues and post it on your social media using #LoveNotHate hashtag (or email it to us).
- Share our campaign posts on Facebook, Twitter and other online media.
- Report racist incidents to www.iReport.ie – this to evidence the need for hate crime legislation.
- Respond to racism and other discriminatory behaviour when you see it. Read our Responding to Racism Guide and bystander intervention tips.
Where you work, live or study
- Endorse Love Not Hate campaign as an organisation. Click here to find out how to do that and see the official list of all endorsers to date.
- Talk to people about the campaign and its call. You may be surprised how many people think that Ireland already has hate crime laws.
- Send our Love Not Hate Brochure to your contacts.
If you would like to organise a local #LoveNotHate campaign event you can order brochures and badges from our office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Action Against racism Group
Love Not Hate campaign for hate crime legislation has been started by INAR in 2015 and was initially led by Action Against Racism, a group of people from diverse Minority Ethnic backgrounds who are committed to justice, equality and an Ireland where there is no place for racism and hate. They were working with INAR and its allies to fight racism, and to campaign for the introduction of hate crime legislation, within the broader context of a renewed National Action Plan Against Racism.