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Observation On Editors urged to fight hate crime To Do This Any Justices I have Included The Article Below:

 

News websites will be asked to do more to address potential hate crime, as part of plans for a more “integrated” English society.

The government’s strategy says a more integrated society is central to tackling extremism.

It wants to promote “core values” but favours helping local groups to take the lead over government intervention.

But the Runnymede Trust race equality think tank said it was an “ill-advised reversion to assimilationist policy”.

Among its plans to tackle extremism and intolerance, the Department for Communities and Local Government says it will improve its understanding “of the new threat of online hate crime”.

‘Vigilant’

It pledges to work with key organisations, like the Society of Editors and the Press Complaints Commission, “to enable moderators of media sites to address this” and to work with local groups to stop access to “harmful and inappropriate content” in schools.

The PCC, whose responsibilities include moderated comments posted to media websites, said discussions were at an early stage.

The government’s strategy, Creating the Conditions for Integration, also says it is committed to improving the reporting of hate crime – hostility based on race, religion, sexual orientation or disability – and will remain “vigilant to ongoing challenges” such as recent trends in anti-Muslim crime and antisemitism.

It says that generally people from different backgrounds get on well together.

But it says “substantial and sustained” increases in immigration over the past decade has led to problems in a small number of areas “with established communities unable to respond to the pace of change and incoming migrants to some communities unable or unwilling to integrate”.

The report quotes figures from a DCLG report saying that 83% of people born outside the UK feel part of British society. But it says “too many” people suffer intolerance, quoting 48,127 hate crimes across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2010.

It says successfully integrated societies tend to be those which are “better equipped to resolve their own problems without state intervention”.

‘Wrong path’

The strategy says the government will stand up for “mainstream” values by strengthening national identity and celebrating what people in England have in common and urges local communities to use events like the Big Lunch or the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and inter-faith activities to bring together people of different backgrounds.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles attacked the “politics of division”, which he said had seen public bodies “bending over backwards” to translate official documents into various languages – and seen men and women “disciplined for wearing modest symbols of Christian faith at work”.

He suggested the former Labour equalities minister Harriet Harman had been “leading the country down the wrong path”.

Instead he said a new approach was needed “that emphasises what we have in common rather than difference”.

For Labour, shadow communities secretary Hilary Benn said Britain was “decent and tolerant”, adding: “The government’s proposals recognise much of this, but Eric Pickles’ cheap attempt to try to divide us by criticising Labour’s pursuit of a fair society is unworthy of him.

“We should instead be standing together against extremism from whatever source – those who are really trying try to divide us one from another – because they do not represent what Britain stands for.”

The strategy says core British values – like democracy, the rule of law, equality of opportunity and freedom of speech – must be “robustly” promoted and councils, police and politicians must work together to address problems caused by extremist groups.

Central government will act in “exceptional” cases – if some funding is needed to “kick start” action – and will promote “mainstream British liberal values”, it says.

The report gives the example of the home secretary banning planned marches by the English Defence League and proscribing groups like Muslims Against Crusades.

But Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, accused Mr Pickles – who cited recent action to allow councils to hold prayers at the start of meetings in the wake of a High Court ruling – of trying to restore “sectarianism”.

And Andrew Copson, head of the British Humanist Association, said: “The vast majority of people in Britain are not members of any local church, religious group or community, and so to lay such emphasis on religious identities as being the ones most important for encouraging voluntary work or community building is misguided.”

Rob Berkeley, director of the Runnymede Trust race equality think-tank, said Mr Pickles’ announcement marked “a dangerous and ill-advised reversion to assimilationist policy where all differences of ethnicity and heritage are subsumed into a majoritarian ‘mainstream”‘.

Observations:

Over the centuries there has always been hate crimes all over the world. However the biggest hate crimes of all is racism, homophobic, and disabilities.

This government and our predecessors had ample opportunities to tackle each form of discrimination case on it’s merits.

To start of with in 1997 a landslide victory saw Labour came into office. Under Jack Straw leadership at the Home Office saw the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry this saw some of the most radical reform in the history of Public Sector.

This enquiry held local government, health, and voluntary sectors to account to the public. It paves the way for public sectors reform. 

The Labour Party included a commitment to an Equality Bill in its 2005 election manifesto. The Discrimination Law Review was established in 2005 to develop the legislation and was led by the Government Equalities Office. The review considered the findings of the Equalities Review Panel, chaired by Trevor Phillips, which reported in February 2007.[3] The Act is intended to simplify the law by bringing together existing anti-discrimination legislation. The Equality Act 2010 has replaced the Equal Pay Act 1970Sex Discrimination Act 1975Race Relations Act 1976Disability Discrimination Act 1995Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003[4] and the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006.

The Act extends until 2030 the exemption from sex discrimination law allowing political parties to select all women or all men candidate short-lists. The existing exemption until 2015 was created by the Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act 2002.

The Parliamentary process was completed following a debate, shortly after 11pm on 6 April 2010, when amendments by the House of Lords were accepted in full.[5]

For the role of Harriet Harman MP(Lovely Woman) played an interesting role by introducing the Equalities Act 2010 which saw a turning point in the way how hate crimes operates since Labour has been out office this happened rise of unemployment and high level of racial abuse in all black and ethnic minorities communities led by the EDL. Why am I not surprised for years black and ethnic minorities community leaders has been speaking with one voice to all governments to tone down their language on how they deal with the black and ethnic minorities communities but fell on deaf ears. 

I make no apologies to help introduce the reforms against racism in the public sector along side all trade unions and anti racist organisations such as BRAUM, National Assembly Against Racism and the 1990 Trust. All who gave evidence that racism was at its peak dating back from 1948 on wards.

Between 1994 and 1996 Black communities were subject to severe social and political pressure.

There were deaths in police custody for which no one was held accountable. The Immigration & Asylum Bill seemed to many to be a state-sanctioned policy that criminalised Black people looking for sanctuary in Britain.

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Paul Condon, took the often uneasy relationship between the police and the Black community to a new low with his comments about targeting young Black people for street crime. Figures showed that inner city schools had been disproportionately expelling young Black youths, effectively condemning them to the social scrap heap.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch identified Britain as the country with the highest incidence of racial attacks in Europe. Research at Southampton University by law Professor Lawrence Lustgarden showed that Britain jails more Black people per head of population than the USA.

Unemployment within Black communities especially in areas with high Caribbean, Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslim populations – stood, and still stands, way above the national average: with unemployment among Black graduates three times the national average.

Many in the Black community, young and old, felt a sense of powerlessness. Frustration turned to anger on the streets of Brixton and Bradford as young Blacks protested against authority.

In early 1996, with the last date for a General Election 18 months away – Black volunteers at Charter88 and activists at The 1990 Trust began exploring ways of using the most important event in Britain’s political calendar to raise the concerns of the Black community.

They began by collating political and demographic data in marginal constituencies – and we soon realised that the Black vote was potentially immensely powerful. In over 50 seats the number of African, Asian and Caribbean voters was greater than its marginality. In another 50, our numbers were such that we had the potential to play a significant role in any closely fought contest.

A call to action would have a solid base and an immediate focus – the power of the Black vote at the coming General Election. The challenge was to persuade the Black community to recognise that power and inspire them to participate – and to serve notice on the political parties that they ignored the Black electorate at their peril.

The other issue on the agenda where deaths in police and prison custodies then Stop and Search most were Black and Asian young men.

Equality campaigners are claiming that employment recruiters would rather hire white job candidates than those from Black or Asian communities.

There’s no denying that we are living in real difficult times. The austerity measures imposed by the coalition government and the rising unemployment figures do nothing to ease fears. And now it seems that racist attacks and other hate crimes are on the rise.

A report released by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) shows that nearly four fifths of hate crimes dealt with by the courts in 2010/11 were racist attacks.

There were around 15,284 hate crime prosecutions during this period, with 12,711 race-related. Of these, 83 per cent of cases led to a conviction. While these are figures of cases that actually went to court, the reality, some fear, is that the figure of racist abuse and other hate crimes is much higher. The CPS figures revealed that there has been a ten per cent rise in hate crime prosecutions.

The report comes at a time when the issue of racism seems to be a hot topic at the moment. The start of the year saw two men jailed for the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence over 19 years ago. But the two high-profile cases involving footballers has put the issue firmly at the top of the agenda.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was found to have racially abused Manchester United’s Patrice Evra during a Premier League tie back in October. At the weekend, the Uruguayan further inflamed the situation after refusing to shake Evra’s hand, something he has since apologised for. Former England captain John Terry will go on trial in July for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. Terry denies the charges. There have been further cases of current and former players being abused, not only in the stands but also on social media site Twitter.

Prime Minister David Cameron is to hold a Downing Street summit to discuss the issue and the sport’s authorities and players’ representatives are due to take part in the session later this month.

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said,

“All crime is unacceptable but offences that are driven by hostility or hatred based on personal characteristics are particularly damaging to any civilised society. The CPS has an important part to play in tackling hate crime in our society, and I am encouraged by these statistics that we are on a firm footing to continue that fight. There is a lot more that needs to be done, within society as a whole, particularly in the area of crimes against the disabled community as I have already acknowledged.”

According to a report commissioned by the Race for Opportunity (RfO), 29 per cent of BME candidates were offered a job through recruitment agencies compared with 44 per cent of white applicants. The results also showed that 29 per cent of both white and BME job candidates were offered jobs when applying to companies directly.

The results were based on the experience of more than 2,500 job applicants over the past 12 months.

Sandra Kerr, director of Race for Opportunity, has been quoted as saying that race is a factor in the decision-making process, be it unconsciously or otherwise, at some recruitment agencies.

““It is clear that invites to interview and job offers are disproportionately skewed towards white applicants when going through recruitment agencies,” she said.

But not everyone agrees that there is a bias at recruitment agencies in favouring white applicants over BME candidates.

Tom Hadley, of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which represents 6000 recruiters, said other factors such as experience could influence hirers’ decisions.

“The role of recruitment agencies is to match candidates to roles on the basis of their skills, experience and suitability for the job, with the employer making the final decision on who to pre-select for interview and who to offer the job to. There is absolutely no reason for recruiters to do anything other than put together the best possible short-list. Of course, there is always more that can be done to champion and improve diversity. This is something the REC and the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) will continue to drive through research, qualifications and training. 

 

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