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Is there an estimate or evidence that hate crime cases/incidents are under-reported disproportionately in relation to other crimes?

Key Area:
Anti-racist Crime Legislation & Implementation
28/02/2012 - 14:03
Short Answer

There is evidence to suggest racists/discriminatory incidents are under reported and sentenced under different legislation. An example is the case of Patrick Maphoso, a Dublin city council candidate who suffered a racist attack while canvassing. He complained under the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act, 1989, however, the accused was sentenced under a public order offence.

Qualitative Info

“Walsh was convicted of using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour outside his home at North Circular Road on April 28, 2009. He had pleaded not guilty to the charge.”

“Mr Maphoso, an unsuccessful candidate in the 2009 local elections, said he was canvassing with two colleagues when he noticed two men watching him.

When he got to where they were, he gave Mr Lawlor his card. Walsh told Mr Maphoso: "Get off the road," and then: "black people make me sick".

Mr Lawlor allegedly told him: "If you don't get off the road, you will get a bullet in your head".

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Majority, Asylum seekers, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Persons with disability, Africans/black people, National minorities
Type (R/D) Extremism - organised Racist Violence, Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Anti-semitism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, Arabophobia, Anti-roma/zinghanophobia, Religious intolerance, Inter-ethnic, Intra-ethnic, Nationalism, Homophobia, On grounds of disability, On grounds of other belief, Anti-roma/ romaphobia, Xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement, Employment - labour market, Housing, Health and social protection, Education, Culture, Political discourse -parties - orgs, Political participation, Anti-discrimination, Anti-racism, Integration - social cohesion, Daily life
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