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Stay updated. Corporate Social Responsiblity. Investor Relations. Review a Brill Book. Making Sense of Illustrated Handwritten Archives. The recent enactment of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act makes it for the first time unlawful to incite hatred on religious grounds in England and Wales. This legislation has however been attacked by a number of Muslims on the basis that it is too rigidly drawn, and that the scope of the offence of incitement to religious hatred is narrower than comparable legislation governing incitement to racial hatred.
In critically analysing the Racial and Religious Hatred Act , this article makes particular reference to the recent Islamic Council of Victoria case in Australia on religious vili cation and hate speech which, it is suggested, provides a salutary lesson to those who would seek to expand the remit of the Act. It is argued that the Racial and Religious Hatred Act is not merely a symbolically important measure, but is also a fair and workable compromise which protects faith groups from incitement to religious hatred without placing excessive curbs on free speech.
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Generally, it is used to refer to offensive and abusive comments which either express or incite serious hatred and contempt for individuals on the grounds of their race or ethnicity. This chapter will examine some of the responses to racial vilification, focusing primarily on the attempts to restrict it through civil and criminal legislation. In doing so, it is important to bear in mind that in many jurisdictions legislation is not the sole response to this issue, and campaigns to raise public awareness and promote cross-cultural relationships play at least an equally important role in combating racial hatred. Having looked at the legislation covering racial vilification in each of the jurisdictions, and some of the exemptions and constitutional issues which may limit the coverage and effect of these laws, this chapter will also examine some of the related issues that arise with respect to racial vilification law. For example the extent to which such laws should also deal with vilification on non-racial grounds such as religion or sexual orientation, and the use of the criminal law to deal with other manifestations of racial bias, such as harassment and racially motivated crime. The U.
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The Racial and Religious Hatred Act c. The Act was the Labour Government's third attempt to bring in this offence: provisions were originally included as part of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill in , but were dropped after objections from the House of Lords. The measure was again brought forward as part of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill in , but was again dropped in order to get the body of that Bill passed before the general election. The Act is notable because two amendments made in the House of Lords failed to be overturned by the Government in the House of Commons. Clause 38 of that Bill would have had the effect of amending Part 3 of the Public Order Act to extend the existing provisions on incitement to racial hatred to cover incitement to religious hatred. When the Bill reached the House of Lords, an amendment to remove the clause was passed by votes to The Commons reinstated the clause, but the Lords again removed it.
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Creates new offences of stirring up hatred against persons on religious grounds. Requires that the words, behaviour, written material, recordings or programmes must be threatening and intended to stir up religious hatred. Defines religious hatred as hatred against a group of persons on the basis of their religious belief or lack of religious belief. Amends the Police and Criminal Evidence Act so that the powers of citizen's arrest do not apply to the offences of stirring up religious and racial hatred. The Racial and Religious Hatred Act was the government's third attempt to make a new offence of inciting hatred against a person on the grounds of their religious or racial background. Similar measures were included in the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security bill in , but were scuppered after objections from the House of Lords. The government again attempted to pass the provisions in the Serious Organised Crime and Policing bill , then dropped them in April to guarantee the passage of the bill before the dissolution of parliament in the run-up to the general election.
Don't have an account? This chapter aims to outline briefly the emergence of statutory offences of incitement against the background of sedition and blasphemy at common law.
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