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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19228: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the language used in the One Scotland campaign posters regarding religious hate crime risks undermining the campaign and alienating all faiths and could lead to people of any faith feeling hated.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 24 October 2018

Any form of hate crime or prejudice is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

The campaign aims to encourage witnesses to report hate crime using a series of letters addressed to perpetrators describing the experience of victims, stating that ‘your hate has no home here’. It is not targeting those of faith.

The campaign has been developed in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including faith organisations.

Hate crime has hugely damaging effects on victims, their families and communities and we all must play our part to challenge it.