A new report shows that the UK government is making significant progress in fighting against hate crime.
The "Hate Crime Action Plan" documents the government’s work to tackle hate crime in the past two years.
Achievements include: better education of secondary school pupils, improved recording by police and work with major internet service providers in the UK and USA to reduce the harm caused by hate material on the internet.
“Hate crime has devastating consequences for victims and their families, and can divide communities. The coalition government is determined to stamp out this ugly and unacceptable crime in all its forms,” said Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker. “We have already made significant progress ensuring transgender hatred is taken into account in the courts during sentencing, working closely with police to encourage hate crime victims to come forward, and encouraging Police and Crime Commissioners to tailor specific responses to local issues and priorities.”
The minister added: “I am determined to keep pace as new issues emerge to ensure attitudes that foster hatred are challenged and the richness and diversity of British society is protected.”
To mark the launch of the report, Mr Baker visited St Gabriel’s College, Camberwell, which hosted an exhibition on prejudice created by the Anne Frank Trust.