The Scottish Government has set out a series of practical measures it intends to take to tackle and prevent hate crime in Scotland. These measures will be focused primarily on tackling prejudice and building stronger communities.

Hate crime is defined in law as a criminal act that is aggravated by prejudice held by the perpetrator in relation to the victim or victims. Prejudice is defined as a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.

The announcement of new measures follows the publication of the Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime’s recommendations last September.

New Measures to Tackle Hate Crime

According to Communities and Equalities Secretary Angela Constance, the new measures to be introduced include:

No Place for Hate Crime

“These actions will drive practical measures in the months and years ahead that demonstrate Scotland’s leadership in the fight against hate crime,” commented Angela Constance. “We are making abundantly clear that there is no place here for intolerance, discrimination or violence.”

“We must continue to tackle the underlying causes and conditions that allow hatred and intolerance to flourish,” she added. “It is vital in these challenging times that we remain united, which is why we are redoubling our efforts to promote fairness, equality and a respect right across our society.”

Hate Crime Figures

The level of hate crime in Scotland was revealed recently in statistics published by the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service.

These figures show that in 2016-17:

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