The United Kingdom regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. The UK has a Hate Crime Action Plan for England and Wales. The UK Government collaborates closely with civil society, including through Information Sharing Agreements concluded with the Community Security Trust (CST) and Tell MAMA.
In Northern Ireland, the Department of Justice chairs a multi-agency Hate Crime Delivery Group (HCDG) to identify strategic, cross-governmental priorities and develop new approaches to dealing with hate crime. The HCDG monitors hate crime trends and delivers an action plan to strengthen inter-agency communication and co-ordination to address hate crime across Northern Ireland. The group meets quarterly and includes representatives of government departments, criminal justice agencies and victim groups.
The Scottish Minister for Equalities and Older People has convened a Hate Crime Strategic Partnership Group (SPG), which brings together criminal justice agencies and civil society organizations with hate crime expertise.
The UK's College of Policing has developed guidelines for police on responding to hate crime, and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has issued relevant guidance for prosecutors and published public policy statements on particular hate crime strands. The CPS also holds regular meetings with community members and groups.
Police and prosecution data, which cover the reporting period from April to March of the following year, are regularly published by the relevant criminal justice agencies of England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
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About 2015 Data
Police data represent hate crimes recorded in England and Wales only. The total numbers of police recorded hate crimes by bias motivation presented below are higher than this overall number due to cases involving more than one bias.
Prosecution data breakdown is as follows: 314 in Northern Ireland, 5,544 in Scotland and 15,442 in England and Wales.
Data on sentencing do not include Scotland, with Northern Ireland reporting 258 and England and wales 12,845 convictions.
All data cover period from April 2015 to March 2016.
Hate crime recorded by police
ODIHR observes that the United Kingdom has met most OSCE commitments on hate crime data collection and reporting.
Incidents reported by civil society, international organizations and the Holy See
Racist and xenophobic hate crime
In its "Concluding observations on the seventh periodic report of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland", the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) recommended that the existing legislation and policy to counter hate crimes be effectively implemented, reporting improved, and that cases should be thoroughly investigated, with perpetrators prosecuted and appropriately sentenced.
In its fifth report on the United Kingdom, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) recommended that data be gathered where enhanced sentencing was applied; and to monitor cases where bias aggravation was invoked and then withdrawn during the plea bargain.