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Welcome! RJ4All is dedicated to increasing public awareness and knowledge of restorative justice. This series on hate crime aims to raise awareness on the aspect of hate in crimes and the possibilities of restorative justice in hate-related crimes. This series of videos is produced by RJ4All interns/volunteers.

Hate crime series

Intolerance of people who look different or belong in a different social group from us has persisted for decades. Hate crime affects many societies and, it occurs when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her membership in a certain social group. This type of crime has a huge damaging effects on victims, their families and their communities at large, and there should be absolutely no place for it in the world. Hate crime is a fear-inducing crime and no one should live in fear of being violently attacked for who they and what religion they practice.

Hate crime is not just a challenge for lawmakers, the general public is facing the difficult question of how to respond to the hate-fueled violence and prejudice narratives that are causing racial fears and hostilities. The aim of the series is to discuss what is known about hate crime and what role restorative can play in restoring the broken relationships of society because of hate violence.

Stay with us in this series as we go through the concept of hate and its many hidden faces in society.

Season 1

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Right (ODIHR) defines a hate crime as an act motivated by bias or prejudice towards particular groups of people. Those include but not limited to Racial bias, religious bias, sexual orientation and ethnicity/national origin. This first episode on the series gives an understanding of the concept of hate crime. 

Episode 2: what is hate speech?

The second episode looks at the differences between hate crime and hate speech to establish why whilst they may seem similar in concept, they are fundamentally different. 

The third episode looks at how hate speech can lead to hate crime when it is reproduced in social media and through social networks, including some real-life examples of hate speech being spread online, and sites where hate speech may be more common (i.e. Stormfront).

Season 2

Discussing Brexit. However, the episode would be more about setting up the political and social climate before Brexit, and the role of hate crime and speech here. Statistics for hate crime would also be looked at.

Aftermath of the Brexit vote is explored in relation to hate crime and hate speech, and the rise of both during this time. Hate crime statistics after Brexit is examined to provide a point of comparison to the previous video.

 

Explore in more detail how hate speech and hate crime can negatively affect the lives of those who have been targeted by it.

 

Episode 7: RJ & Hate Crime

Interview with RJ Practitioner. Considering how restorative justice can help challenge hate crime and speech in more detail, with a particular emphasis on how it can lead to healing dialogues between opposing parties.

Related articles

Gavrielides, T. (2010) “Restoring relationships: hate crime and restorative justice” in European best practices of restorative justice in the criminal procedures: Budapest conference 2009, European Union: Hungary.

Gavrielides, T. (2016). Review of Walters, M.A. (2014). Hate crime and Restorative Justice. Oxford University Press, ISBN: 978019968449-6, pages 314, RRP £68.00 GBP, Internet Journal of Restorative Justice, ISSN (online): 2056-2985.

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