Motion: 05. Recognising & Tackling Hate Crime
Motion Title Recognising & Tackling Hate Crime
Branch Cork North West
Address To Policy Committee

Policy committee to form a policy on hate crime including hate speech and online abuse.
Consult widely with party members and external bodies such as ENAR, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and other bodies representative of minorities in Ireland.
Review similar reforms that have taken place in New Zealand as their experience would align quite closely to the Irish experience.

Amendments to Motion

Ireland doesn’t currently have any legislation specific to hate crimes. Although victims may report crimes and cite possible bias as a motive for their attack, the crime is not necessarily recorded as a hate crime.
As Ireland is becoming a more diverse, open society the existence of hate crime needs to be acknowledged, monitored and prevented from spreading.
The existing statistics on hate motivated crime are inaccurate due to the alleged bias element of the crime not being recorded or reported.
This makes it difficult to measure the true status
In recent years there has been a sharp increase in physical crimes, offensive graffiti, targeting of properties, businesses and places of worship.
There has also been a sizeable movement online with individuals and groups being targeted. Additionally, there are many falsehoods online, often designed to stir up fear and incite hatred.
The PROHIBITION OF INCITEMENT TO HATRED ACT, 1989 was designed to specifically target ‘hate speech’ but much has changed since 1989 with the advent and pervasiveness of social media.
Free speech and freedom of expression are the cornerstones of democracy; however, we have a duty to protect all those living in Ireland and help prevent the spread of hate, including hate crime and hate speech.

We propose that the policy committee review existing legislation, community standards as set out by service providers and social media platforms. Also, review the available data on hate crimes, hate speech, biased / prejudicial behavior both on and offline.
Use these findings as a basis for a policy on tackling the spread of hate.