By Nicole Pearson
Starting a conversation & focusing on the bigger picture: missing pieces of current hate crime prevention measures
It’s of no contention that the numbers of reports of hate crimes have been consistently increasing over the last decade, reaching over a hundred thousand reports in 2018/19 according to official Home Office statistics. But these numbers are difficult to interpret. Why? Well, one of the issues relating to tackling hate crime is the fact incidents are frequently underreported, and it doesn’t take an expert in the field to start listing reasons why. Reporting is complex, time-consuming, involves talking to a police officer and has no purpose unless the pile of evidence stands tall.
Or so it is widely believed.
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By Debadrita Chakraborty
Indian immigrants fail to acknowledge their complicity in injustices both in India and America. Here’s why.
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is here to stay. Catalysed by one of the most heinous racial homicide of the 21st century, BLM protests have since snowballed into one of the greatest ‘domino’ resistance movement in the U.S. The sustained nature of the movement and its organised approach towards decolonising the Global North’s white washed history and curriculum have resonated with other minority and racially targeted communities who have expressed solidarity by not only dissenting against institutional racism and police brutalities but also reflecting on their own complicity in anti-black racism. However, one of the most visible and prominent minority group that has remained relatively apolitical in a deeply political time despite its history of colonial oppression and state sanctioned hostile policing is the Indian migrant community in America.
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By Nora Wannagat
Nora Wannagat is a UCL LLM student that previously completed a BA in Jurisprudence with Law Studies in Europe at the University of Oxford. In this post, she summarises her experience volunteering for a new project at UCL CAJ this year.
The City of London Criminal Appeals Clinic is a new pro bono project set up to help those convicted of criminal offences bring their cases to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) and, eventually, to the Court of Appeal. Several London universities are involved. At UCL, two teams of students each started working on one case in October, under the supervision of a criminal solicitor. Both of these cases have long and complicated histories (being over ten years old), and naturally a lot of material has been accumulated. Essentially, we have been trying to bring this material into a useful form for submission to the CCRC.
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