Hate Crime

MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is your specific definition of an 'Islamophobic Hate Crime'?


Answer for Hate Crime

Answer for Hate Crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My definition of Islamophobic hate crime, as with any other strand of hate crime, is the Home Office definition of hate crime, and the national standard used by all police services in the UK.

"A hate crime is defined as any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic; specifically actual or perceived race, religion/faith, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity."

Hate crime in whatever form attacks a person's identity, and the fundamental core of who people are.

The effect it has on victims and wider communities is insidious, and hugely damaging to our ability to integrate, and thrive together as a safe and productive society.

There is simply no place for hate in London, be it Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, or homophobia, and we all have a responsibility to challenge it and report it whenever we witness it, no matter who it is against, and whatever the context.