Hate speech to become Crimes Act offence with harsher penalities under Government proposal

Stuff article.

The Government wants to make hate speech a Crimes Act offence and ramp up the penalties for inciting hatred or discrimination.

Details of the long-awaited reforms of the country’s hate speech laws were announced by Justice Minister Kris Faafoi on Friday morning.

The six proposed changes include protecting more groups from hate speech under the Human Rights Act, making “incitement to discriminate” against the law, and including trans, gender-diverse, and intersex people within the groups protected from discrimination.

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