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Surge in religious hate crime

Surge in religious hate crime

Hate crime can be verbal or physical and has hugely damaging effects on the victims, their families and communities, and we all must play our part to challenge it. The Home Office started requiring police officers to collect this information in 2017, realizing that a victim's perceived and actual religion may not always be the same.

In total, there were 672 offenses of religiously motivated hate crime against Jews in the 2017/2018 period.

The Home Office identifies "five centrally monitored strands of hate crime": race or ethnicity, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity.

There were 80,393 hate crimes recorded by police in England and Wales in 2016/17, an increase of 29% compared with 2015/16.

The training was designed by not-for-profit group Dimensions, whose research reveals that while 73% of people with learning disabilities and autism have experienced hate crime, less than half (48%) have reported it to the police, as they often feel anxious about doing so.

In a statement released by the United Kingdom government, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid said, "Hate crime goes directly against the long-standing British values of unity, tolerance and mutual respect - and I am committed to stamping this sickening behaviour out".

Mr Khan continued: "No longer can the Government sit back and watch as the far-right rises, Islamophobia is mainstreamed and vulnerable Muslim communities are attacked".

Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, has also said he's seen an increase in hate crime aimed towards him since becoming a member of the cabinet.




"But the number of convictions for these crimes is tiny and, even when someone is found guilty, they often escape with flimsy sentences and paltry fines that do nothing to deter would-be abusers". The report suggested that hate crime incidents had dropped 40 percent over the past decade, as crime overall fell 39 percent.

The Home Office announced Monday that it plans to review its definition of a hate crime.

Marie van der Zyl, president of the communal umbrella organization the Board of Deputies of British Jews, described the rise in religious hate crime as "shocking" and said it should serve as an urgent call to action.

Ageism and hatred of certain alternative cultures, such as Goths or punks, could also be included in future.

And, of course, we know that too many elements of our society brand mere differences of opinion as hate. "And the list of inaction continues".

Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics published last November indicate that hate crime reports have also been rising across the pond.

The UK Independence Party has pledged to "scrap the Crown Prosecution Service's guidelines on hate crime", branding them as "purely subjective". About 21 percent were prompted exclusively by religious bias, most of it targeted toward Jews and Muslims.