Hate Speech and Hate Crimes

Parliament invites the public to comment on the proposed Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.

    • the purpose of the Bill is to provide for the offences of hate crime and hate speech, and the prosecution of people who commit those offences

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    Hate speech is defined as publishing, propagating, or advocating anything that could reasonably be construed to demonstrate a clear intention to be harmful or to incite harm, or promote or propagate hatred on the following grounds:

    • Age
    • Albinism
    • Birth
    • Colour
    • Culture
    • Disability
    • Ethnic or social origin
    • Gender or gender identity
    • HIV status
    • Language
    • Nationality, migrant or refugee status
    • Race
    • Religion
    • Sex, which includes intersex
    • Sexual orientation

    Harm is defined as any emotional, psychological, physical, social, or economic harm.

    A hate crime is defined as an offence recognised under any law where the perpetrator was motivated by prejudice or intolerance based on any of the above characteristics.

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