A new report on hate crime in Scotland calls for a citizenship
programme in schools aimed at tackling prejudice at a young
The report of an independent Working Group on Hate Crime
recommends that the Scottish Executive should consider introducing
specific legislation for hate crime, which is defined as a “crime
motivated by malice or ill will towards a social group”.
Legislation already exists for racist and religious-hatred
crimes, but this report considers crimes against people who are
gay, trans-gender or have a disability.
“We believe that it is important to tackle prejudice at an
early age before it becomes too entrenched,” says the
The report notes with concern that research for the Capability
Scotland/Disability Rights Commission found that some people with
disabilities suffered name-calling or harassment by young
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