Ireland ‘out of step’ with hate crime policy

 Hugs doled out to members of the public at the Members of the Action Against Racism demonstration in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times
Ireland is in danger of breaking EU laws due to the non-existence of hate crime laws in the country, campaigners have said.

Members of the Action Against Racism group ran up and down Grafton Street on Saturday dressed as giant hearts and doled out hugs to highlight the absence of legislative protections for people subjected to attacks due to their race, religion, sexuality or disability.

Some three thousand members of the public signed a petition calling for the Government to activate such legislation, which activists say will bring Ireland into line with other developed countries.

“Ireland is out of step with the majority of countries in the OSCE and the EU, we’re almost unique in the fact that we have no provision for hate crime at all in this country,” said Shane O’Curry, director of European Network Against Racism (ENAR) Ireland which runs the campaign.

“That puts us in contravention of the EU framework decision on racism and xenophobia, so actually we’re in danger of breaching European law,” he added.

Around 15 different nationalities were represented at Saturday’s event, including Polish national and ENAR Ireland development officer Aga Wiesyk.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/ireland-out-of-step-with-hate-crime-policy-1.2580427

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3 Responses to Ireland ‘out of step’ with hate crime policy

  1. neofenian says:

    Immigrants coming here and demanding our laws are changed.

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  2. kerberos616 says:

    Reblogged this on Kerberos616.

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