Friday, April 6th 2018

New Legal Definition of Sectarianism Sought

Professor Duncan Morrow, who chaired the Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland, has been asked to define sectarianism within Scots Law.

He will chair the independent group looking at the scope for a legal definition.

Coming after the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, the new definition will potentially make it easier for police and prosecutors to more effectively tackle sectarianism in Scottish society.

Annabelle Ewing, Community Safety and Legal Affairs Minister said, “Sectarianism must be tackled with the same conviction as every other hate crime. Since 2012, we have delivered an unprecedented range of activities to tackle the issue across Scotland, which have made a significant impact – and this latest funding builds on these achievements.”

“We have shown sustained leadership and commitment to this agenda and look forward to working with others who can positively influence the communities they serve so that we can eradicate sectarianism once and for all.”

“I thank professor Morrow for taking forward the important work to consider the legal definition of sectarianism and I look forward to the working group’s recommendations.”

Professor Morrow said, “The continuing government support for community-based projects is evidence of genuine commitment to tackle sectarian issues where they matter – in real lives. I look forward now to taking this opportunity to explore the options for improving the legal basis for protecting against sectarianism.”

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