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UK: EHRC commission short film on ending the silence on hate crime

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has worked with spoken word artist George the Poet to create a powerful film looking at the role of hate crime in our society and the need for all of us to come together to challenge intolerance and report incidents of hate.

Prejudice is born of a hateful climate. It’s the judgement prior to the punishment. It’s the inaction of others despite their astonishment. – George the Poet

An overview

Hate crime is a serious human rights abuse affecting, among others, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, people with a particular religion or belief, as well as disabled people.

Hate crimes and hate incidents can hurt people and leave them feeling confused and frightened. By reporting hate crimes a person may be able to prevent these incidents happening to somebody else. It will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in the local area so they can better respond to it.

Events over the last year show that despite progress being made in recent years there is a need to remain vigilant and challenge acts of harassment, hostility and hatred. To spread this message, the EHRC has partnered with George to help end the culture of silence around hate crime. Through the video, the EHRC is also asking for a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime with all incidents being reported either to the police or through other channels.

The poem is a rallying cry for all of us to do more and report hate crime wherever we see it, whether it be walking down the street, in the media or online.

We are very proud to be supporting the EHRC in raising awareness of hate crime as an issue that the whole of society needs to respond to, not just those in affected groups. This video does a good job in highlighting the role we all have to play in tackling hate crime and we as Equinet and the EHRC are asking your help to get the film out there. This YouTube link can be used to promote the short film on your own channels and platforms, simply by clicking the share button.

Related content

Click here for more information on hate crime and the different ways that you can report it.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body established in 2007. It has a statutory remit to promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine “protected” grounds – age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.


Related readings

The following publications that touch upon the topic of hate crime may be of interest:

  • Tackling the ‘Known Unknown’: How Equality Bodies Can Address Under-reporting of Discrimination through Communications (2012)

5.png This publication was prepared by Equinet’s Working Group on Communication Strategies and Practices. It considers the nature of under-reporting and the challenge to equality bodies to identify and address any barriers that may contribute to the issue.

  • Making Hate Crime Visible in the European Union: Acknowledging Victims’ Rights (2012)

4.png The FRA published a report underlining that hate crime is a daily reality in the EU today. The report highlights the need for the EU and Member States to make hate crimes more visible and hold perpetrators to account in order to better combat such crime. The report looks at hate crime from the perspective of victims’ rights.

  • Ensuring Justice for Hate Crime Victims: Professional Perspectives (2016)

2.png On 28 April 2016, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published a practical guidance on combating hate crime. The publication draws on practices from across the European Union (EU) on how to combat hate crime as well as interviews with experts from law enforcement, criminal justice, and civil society organisations.

  • Research Report: Causes and Motivations of Hate Crime (2016)

1.png This report is the result of work commissioned by the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission on the causes and perpetration of hate crime in Great Britain, based on the five protected characteristics covered by current hate crime law: disability, gender reassignment, race, religion, sexual orientation.

  • Current Migration Situation in the EU: Hate Crime (2016)

3.png Arson attacks, violence, even murder, and everyday harassment are just some of the worrying hate crime incidents flagged in the latest summary report of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on migration-related fundamental rights in selected EU Member States. It points to tension and hostility towards migrants and asylum seekers, underscoring the need for concerted EU and Member State action in line with fundamental rights.

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