René Cassin recently submitted evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hate Crime.
René Cassin’s submission responded to the inquiry, “How do we build community cohesion when hate crime is on the rise?”. Our report answered questions on anti-Semitism and hate crime and hate speech against the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) community, and made recommendations on building community cohesion during a time of rising hate crime levels.
Our report found that both the Jewish and the GRT community experience shocking levels of hate crime; the Community Security Trust (CST), a Jewish anti-Semitism charity, recorded its highest annual total of anti-Semitic incidents in 2017, while in 2016, 98% of GRT individuals surveyed reported having experienced discrimination.
On a more positive note, we also found that community organisations can play an extremely important role in increasing community cohesion, by sharing their resources and expertise with other targeted communities, and standing in solidarity with one another to fight isolation and marginalisation.
Read our full submission here.