SHONA ROBISON WELCOMES THE NEW CONSULTATION ON HATE CRIMES
SNP MSP for Dundee City East Shona Robison welcomes the Scottish Government’s announcement that they have launched a public consultation on consolidating and modernising hate crime legislation.
‘One Scotland: Hate Has No Home Here’ follows on from Lord Bracadale’s review of existing hate crime legislation in Scotland which included recommendations that additional statutory aggravations should be created for age and gender.
The consultation calls for views on a number of issues including how best to tackle gender based prejudice and misogyny. The issue of sectarianism will also be considered with the consultation seeking views on how this could be tackled through law based on the findings of the Working Group on Defining Sectarianism in Scots Law.
There will be a public event in Dundee on 22/01/2019 from 9:45 to 13:00 at OSCR Quadrant House, 9 Riverside Drive, Dundee DD1 4NY on Scottish Government's Hate Crime Consultation where the public can give their views and inform what is included in the new legislation. If you would like to attend, free tickets are available from the following link: https://consult.gov.scot/hate-crime/consultation-on-scottish-hate-crime-legislation/.
The public responses will inform the development of a hate crime bill which will be laid before Holyrood later in this session of Parliament.
Shona Robison MSP, who is also a member of the Justice Committee, said:
“Dundee’s diversity is our strength. Hate has no home in Dundee.”
“I encourage constituents to attend the Dundee public meeting to support and inform this process by sharing their views and experiences.”
“I recognise that there is still intolerance and prejudice that we need to tackle and this consultation to modernise hate crime legislation is an important step in that process.”
“I hope the Scottish Government’s ‘One Scotland’ campaign will make it clear that hate and prejudice are not welcome in Scotland.”