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Respond to the Justice Committee about Scotland’s new Hate Crime Bill

22 July 2020

The Justice Committee at the Scottish Parliament is calling for evidence from the public in Scotland about the proposed new Hate Crime and Public Order Bill. The Scottish Parliament website includes some questions to help you respond, but please don't feel bound by these questions only.

The deadline for responding is Friday, 24 July. Your submissions do not need to be long and could only be a couple of paragraphs. Email your submission to:

Points To Make

Please make sure you use your own words in responding. You may also wish to mention specific examples that relate to you and your circumstances.

To help you respond, however, here are some suggested points:

  • Mention that the word 'hatred' is a highly subjective term and very difficult to define
  • Say you're concerned about the new 'stirring up hatred' clause because of how difficult it will be to decide when an offence has actually been committed
  • You could mention concern about unintentional offences for which you could still be prosecuted
  • Question the strength of the free speech clauses and whether they're strong enough

Email your submission to by Friday 24 July.

More inform­a­tion

For more information, visit the Free to Disagree campaign website.


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