Hate crime and hate speech – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

Limited progress

There have been legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections but very limited evidence of sustained improvements in the enjoyment of human rights on this issue

The number of recorded hate crimes increased between March 2021 and March 2022, although data has been affected by improvements in police recording practices and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many victims report dissatisfaction with police handling of cases. The legal framework for hate crime remains complex and affords varying protection to different groups. The UK Government has yet to respond to recommendations to address this.

Read more about the UK Government’s actions on hate crime and hate speech.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 10/12/2022