The National Steering Group Against Hate Crime - of which Inclusion Ireland is a member - will be presenting the case for a Hate Crime Bill to TDs and Senators in Leinster House on Thursday, March 23rd.
Ireland - unlike most other EU countries - has no hate crime legislation.
Having a hate crime law in place would mean certain crimes would be treated more seriously by the courts and there would be enhanced sentencing for those crimes committed with a biased or prejudiced element.
People targeted by hate crime in Ireland are usually:
- From an ethnic group;
- Those with different religious beliefs;
- People with a disability, transgender people;
- People who are lesbian, gay or bisexual.
Hate crime law is needed in Ireland so that certain groups can be protected.
There should be no one living in fear and unable to participate fully in all aspects of their life.
Having a hate crime law would also acknowledge the deeper emotional and psychological impact of hate crimes on people.
It is therefore important that the State takes formal steps to treat hate crimes more seriously.
Having a hate crime law in place would mean sending out a message that racism, hate and discrimination have no place in Irish society.
If you want to find out more about the Love Not Hate Campaign you can follow the details below.
The national week of action against hate crime is being held from March 19th - March 25th.
Use the hashtage #DontHateLegislate