Publication of figures on hate crimes in Scotland

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service COPFS

On 17 May 2012, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) published ‘Hate Crime in Scotland, 2011-2012’.

The figures for crimes motivated by racial prejudice show a rise of 8% on last year. This is the highest number reported in the last 6 years.

In total, where there was sufficient evidence, action was taken in 95% of charges with a further 2% awaiting a decision on how to proceed.

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Report on ‘The Position of Scotland’s Equality Groups’

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‘The Position of Scotland’s Equality Groups: Revisiting Resilience in 2011’ was published in September 2011 by Scottish Government Social Research.

The study seeks to offer discussion and analysis to inform an understanding of how well positioned people in Scotland with equalities characteristics are to access the benefits of economic recovery.

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Scottish map of human rights support groups

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In September 2011, the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) launched a new website tool to help people looking for advice about human rights to find assistance in their local area.

The online map shows users where local third sector, voluntary and specialist organisations are who can offer human rights advice in subjects such as health, social care, disability rights and environmental campaigning. The map also details information on the type and level of advice the group can offer along with a full description of their activities.

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Scottish Government Equality Statement

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In September 2011, the Scottish Government published the ‘Equality Statement: Scottish Spending Review 2011 and Draft Budget 2012-13’.

The document provides information on how spending contributes to improving equality outcomes and how the Scottish Government has considered the potential impacts of its spending plans on those groups of people whose lives are affected by discrimination and inequality.

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