As the result of a traffic incident, a woman erupts in a racist tirade, a man follows a gay couple and assaults them, a vandal wreaks destruction in a Jewish neighbourhood and scrawls anti-Semitic slogans on the wall, …
Feelings of hatred towards other people can sometimes quickly escalate into verbal or non-verbal violence and destruction. Often, the perpetrator does not even know the victim, and the primary intention is to harm an entire group of people to which the individual belongs. This is the perpetrator's way of expressing the view that that specific group is not a desirable part of society.
Unia groups this type of incident under the header of ‘society’ because the crimes are committed in the public space, in a neighbourhood or a family environment. They generally involve hate speech or hate crimes.
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What does Unia do?
Have you been the victim of hate speech or hate crimes? Then you can report it to us. We will provide you with guidance and legal advice.
In exceptional cases, we will join you in taking legal action: but we do this only when the crimes are sufficiently serious, when dialogue with the perpetrators has proved impossible or in order to clarify the laws. We will never take legal action without your consent. If we go to court, we always strive first and foremost to arrange alternative measures rather than criminal penalties.
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