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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com by Friday 24 July.
For more information, visit the Free to Disagree campaign website.