Before you report a racist incident
Know your rights: REPORT RACISM
Regardless of your background, you have the right to equal access, not just to services but also to the delivery of these services, free from discrimination, racism or prejudice. This means whether this prejudice or discrimination is based on your nationality, ethnic background, religion, membership of the Traveller community or skin colour, in the workplace and in access to services.
Whether you yourself have experienced racism, witnessed it happening to someone else or come across it online, it is important to take action and report it and make a formal complaint, even in cases where taking a legal route may prove challenging.
If you believe the content or behaviour you are reporting is prohibited in Ireland, please contact relevant authorities listed in Responding to Racism Guide, so they can accurately assess the content or behaviour for possible violations of law.
If you encounter an incident which constitutes a serious crime, or if you believe there is a serious and immediate threat to someone’s life or wellbeing, we strongly encourage you to report these immediately to An Garda Síochána.
We encourage the reporting of ALL types of racist incidents to iReport.ie and relevant bodies and we hope that this guide will make this process easier and clearer for those affected.
Where to report racism
RACIST INCIDENT REPORTING SYSTEM
If you are affected by racism either as a victim or as a witness, you can report all racist incidents it to the iReport.ie.
iReport.ie Racist Incident Reporting System, INAR’s flagship project, was launched in July 2013. It allows individuals, communities, and organisations to confidentially report racism in Ireland from any online device.
iReport.ie Racism reporting centres
Currently, there are over 40 organisations across Ireland acting as iReport.ie Reporting Centres where you can get the following support:
- Receive support with reporting what happened to iReport.ie online system so there is a record of a racist incident.
- Depending on the capacity and expertise of a Reporting Centre, get further advice on where to get redress and how to complain to various bodies.
- Some specialised organisations may provide advocacy service, help filling forms etc.
- Find out how the iReport.ie works and why it’s important to report racism.