Sectarianism and hate crime
Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, Prejudice and Community Cohesion
Launched in October 2015, the Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime is developing a comprehensive, long-term approach to preventing and stopping hate crime in Scotland.
Hate crime laws
The Scottish Parliament has legislated to make sure that offences aggravated by prejudice are brought to the attention of the court.
It has done this through the:
- Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003
- Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Act 2009
- Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010
The Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 criminalises threats of serious violence, and threats intended to incite religious hatred, which are sent by post or posted on the internet.
We are also undertaking work to tackle sectarianism.
A review of hate crime legislation is currently being conducted by Lord Bracadale. You can read more about this work: Hate Crime Legislation Review
Speak Up Against Hate Crime
The Speak Up Against Hate Crime campaign was launched in February 2014. The campaign urged people who have suffered or witnessed crime based on prejudice to report all incidents to Police Scotland.
Hate crime is a criminal offence. You can report a hate crime to Police Scotland.