Identifying and dismantling barriers to justice
In the months following the June 2016 EU referendum, the United Kingdom experienced an unprecedented surge in reports of hate crime. In excess of 14,000 hate crimes were recorded by police forces in England and Wales between July and September 2016, and similar 'spikes' were seen in the aftermath of recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London. The escalation in levels of hate crime demonstrate that current approaches to hate crime are not working.
Our new report, which was commissioned by Amnesty International UK, is designed to reflect upon how far the UK has come in terms of developing a cohesive, victim-centred approach to hate crime and to recommend what further steps can be taken to ensure that victims do not suffer in silence, and that state organisations recognise and respond to factors which prevent people from accessing justice.