Response to DoJ Consultation on Hate Crime Legislation in Northern Ireland
CAJ has responded to the consultation launched by the Department of Justice (DoJ) on certain recommendations arising from recent Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation in NI. DoJ is consulting in two phases; the first (current) stage covers the following issues: aspects of the statutory aggravation hate crime model; the use of a sectarian aggravator in hate crime law; incitement to hatred offences; special measures / cross examination; and misogyny in hate crime law.
In our submission, we have responded to each of the areas above in turn. As part of this, we reject any ‘gender neutral’ approach to gender-based hate crime within the legislation, and instead call for misogyny to be adequately and specifically addressed.
Download our response here.