Law Commission Consultation on Hate Crime – Inclusion London’s response

The Law Commission have been consulting on reforms to Hate Crime Legislation – here you can read the briefing paper we submitted.

The Law Commission have been consulting on reforms to Hate Crime Legislation. We held two consultation events, in May 2019 and December 2020.

We thank Stay Safe East and Liberation Rights for their contributions to the consultation event in December and to the briefing paper.

Our key messages were:

  • We would welcome the creation of a new Hate Crime Act
  • We call for parity and clarity in hate crime legislation for all protected characteristics and future additional protected characteristics
  • All protected characteristics be included in Public Order Act ‘stirring up offences’
  • We recommend ‘by reason of’ as a legal test. Failing that, the word ‘contempt’ be included in the legal test ‘due to hostility and prejudice’
  • We recommend ‘intersectional hate crime’ as a hate crime category
  • Online hate be treated as offline hate crime and for social media companies to be held to account
  • If a new Hate Crime Commissioner’s office is formed, that it is led by and for people with lived experience

You can download the full report here: Inclusion London’s Response to the Law Commission – December 2020