Ireland is making transgender people a protected class in hate crimes law


Irish lawmakers are set to make transgender people a protected class in the country, making it easier for anyone who targets them to be charged with a hate crime.

The Irish Cabinet has approved a bill that says anyone convicted of purposefully inciting hatred or violence against a person due to their gender identity or expression could face up to five years in prison, reported The Irish Times.

The updates to Irish hate crimes law – including making disabled people a protected class – were reportedly made based on international best practices.

To protect freedom of speech, the bill also says that “communication” solely involving the criticism or discussion of a protected class will not be considered enough to incite violence or hate.

The law will also reportedly include a “demonstration test” that assesses whether a crime is a hate crime based on whether a perpetrator expressed hatred about someone’s identity while committing a crime against them.

Other “protected characteristics” already established in the nation include nationality, religion, race, ethnicity, colour, sexual orientation, and national origin.

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