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HMG should enact legislations against making racial (other verbal) abuse, taunts, harassment in public & preventing such abuse from escalating further

Submitted on Thursday 22nd December 2011

Published on Monday 9th January 2012

Current status: Closed

Closed: Wednesday 9th January 2013

Signatures: 2

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Crime ~ Police ~ racism

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HMG should enact legislations against making racial (other verbal) abuse, taunts, harassment in public & preventing such abuse from escalating further

Additional Information

The Race Relations Act 1976 & Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 do not address the issues of racial taunts in a public place - except under Section 28 of the Crime & Disorder Act 1998 of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour in a public place. We need new legislation to ensure police take seriously racial taunts in actual daily life (like youths in parks making meaningless taunts to passerbys) & take appropriate action immediately to prevent such taunts escalating further into other crimes. Using any taunts or insults (racial or otherwise) can SEVERLY affect a person’s self-concept & cause distress, alarm, persecute the victim in the ACTUAL receiving end of such verbal & psychological abuse. What is regarded as racism depends on the context, intention, frequency & manner it was said. Racist terms used can range from banter, carelessness, letting off steam, swearing to degrading prejudice, expressing disgust, as well as bullying, hatred, discrimination, etc.


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