SARI WELCOMES GARDA INVESTIGATION INTO RACIST MESSAGES SENT TO IAN WRIGHT

SARI welcomes the Garda investigation into the racist messages sent to Ian Wright on social media and calls on the Minister for Justice to finally implement the long-awaited Hate Crime Legislation. In the past eighteen months Ireland has been under international scrutiny...

In the past eighteen months Ireland has been under international scrutiny as a nation that is falling down on its commitments to tackle racism and discrimination and to live up to its international human rights obligations in combating racial discrimination.  The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the Council of Europe and INAR Ireland have all highlighted our short comings stating that Ireland has above average incidents of discrimination and racist violence.

SARI supports Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.  But when public speech expresses hate or encourages violence towards a person or group based on something such as ethnicity, religion, sex or sexual orientation there is a need for regulation.

Education is key to breaking down these barriers, challenging racism and all forms of discrimination and addressing bullying including cyberbullying which takes place on all digital devices and is permanent. We need greater investment in education.

Our Government needs to act urgently.

 

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