Rise in hate crimes in Canada, advocates call for anti-racism legislation – JURIST

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Statistics Canada released a report showing a drastic increase in hate crimes from 2019 to 2021. The report shows a 72% increase largely across religious, racial or ethnic and sexual orientation lines.

Report shows alarming 293% increase in hate crimes against People from East or Southeast Asia between 2019 and 2020, which continued to increase from 2020 to 2021. This is believed to be related to conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 virus causing an increase in crimes of hatred against Asians around the world. The report also shows a 260% increase in hate-motivated attacks against Catholics and 71% against Muslims in Canada from 2020 to 2021.

Advocacy groups reacted to the statistics released on Tuesday, calling for a strong government response. The National Council of Canadian Muslims tweeted:

The Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice called for a “national anti-racism law” to “provide an accountability framework to mandate comprehensive government actions against racism that must be informed by the collection and use of data.” disaggregated that reflect the experiences of diverse communities[.]”

Canada welcomes approximately 300,000 immigrants a year, one of the highest immigration rates of any country in the world.

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