January 23, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A criminal court in Paris convicted three people of hate crimes on Tuesday for tweeting homophobic messages on the social media site Twitter. The offenders received fines between 300 and 500 euros for inciting anti-gay sentiments by creating hashtags with messages such as "let's burn the gays," ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Peter Snyder
French police have arrested 54 people for verbally supporting or threatening terrorist acts in the wake of the terrorist attacks at the offices of French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket. The French Justice Ministry has called on prosecutors to crack down on hate speech, anti- ...[read more]
April 8, 2014
by Ann Schober
Amnesty International (AI) released a report Tuesday detailing the chronic prevalence of hate crimes and discrimination perpetrated against the Roma diaspora in Europe. The "briefing," released on International Roma Day, urges European leaders to "commit, visibly and wholeheartedly, to eradicating ...[read more]
September 17, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On September 17, 2010, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for all nations to abolish laws discriminating against gay and lesbian individuals. In March 2009, US President Barack Obama had endorsed a UN declaration urging all member nations to decriminalize homosexuality. In July 2012, Ki-moon ...[read more]
July 26, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
A man charged with kidnapping, assault and violating a hate crime law in an attack on a gay man filed a motion in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on Wednesday challenging the validity of the hate crime law under which he is being prosecuted. Anthony Ray Jenkins, 20, is ...[read more]
July 13, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
Chile enacted an anti-discrimination law Thursday following the March beating death of a young gay man in a Santiago park. The hate crime bill, which had been tied up in Congress for seven years after being originally introduced by ex-president Ricardo Lagos, was signed into law by President ...[read more]
June 4, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On June 4, 2011, the Connecticut Senate passed a bill extending protection to gender identity under the state's anti-discrimination laws. The bill, titled An Act Concerning Discrimination, altered existing law by including "gender identity or expression" as a protected trait for all persons ...[read more]
April 12, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
Statistics Canada reported Thursday that both the number and rate of police-reported hate crimes declined in 2010 by 18 percent from the previous year. While the report made clear that "police-reported data likely undercount the true extent of hate crime in Canada, as not all incidents come to ...[read more]
January 31, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On January 31, 2006, members of the UK House of Commons narrowly approved a set of amendments to the controversial Racial and Religious Hatred Bill that was previously approved by the UK House of Lords in 2005. The legislation was intended to ensure freedom of speech and excluded simple insults ...[read more]
December 8, 2011
by Michael Haggerson
The UK Home Office Government Equalities Office on Thursday announced the UK's first ever government action plan promoting transgender equality. The plan stated that there was a 14 percent rise in transgender-related hate crime between 2009 and 2010 and that only two EU member states explicitly ...[read more]

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