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Conference on hate crime hears society’s response

first_imgWhatsApp Advertisement Successful launch held by Limerick Together for Yes NewsConference on hate crime hears society’s responseBy Staff Reporter – May 25, 2016 736 The two-day conference is taking place at the University of LimerickEXPERTS on hate crime from around the world are gathering at the University of Limerick this week for the Biennial Conference of the International Network for Hate Studies hosted by the Hate and Hostility Research Group (HHRG) at UL.Exploring its theme, ‘The Politics of Hate: Community Societal and Global Responses’ will be practitioners including police officers, academics, and members of civil society organisations.The Hate and Hostility Research Group is the only centre in Ireland dedicated to the exploration and understanding of hate crime, the conference will host delegates from all over Europe, North America and Africa.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dr Mark Walters, co-Director of the Network said: “Combating hate requires local, national and international responses that address both its causes and consequences. The INHS conference hosted by Limerick University is bringing together academics, practitioners and policy makers from across the world to share best practices and research on how to tackle hate crime internationally. The conference provides an opportunity for Ireland to be at the forefront of tackling this global phenomenon.”The conference will, amongst other things, explore the prevalence and impact of hate crime as well as understanding how to address it at a national and global level. Unlike most European countries and in contravention of the EU Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia, Ireland has no legislation specifically designed to address hate crime, and the conference will explore this lacuna as well as discuss ways in which it can be addressed.Professor Barbara Perry, Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the Network and the leading international expert on hate crime stated: “The University of Limerick was an easy choice when we were planning this second INHS conference. It has a very active cadre of first rate scholars working in the field, as well as hosting the Hate and Hostility Research Group. The country is potentially on the brink of finally introducing explicit hate crime legislation, thereby bringing it in line with other European nations. Hosting the conference here highlights the important work that has been done by scholars, policy-makers and the not-for-profit sector in bringing this to fruition.”Jennifer Schweppe, co-Director of the Network and co-Director of the Hate and Hostility Research Group at the University of Limerick said: “Media reports of hate crimes are increasingly and depressingly becoming more frequent: the numbers of hate crimes being reported to civil society organisations such as ENAR Ireland, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network and Transgender Equality Network Ireland show us that those media reports only scratch the surface of the true prevalence of hate crime in Ireland. There is no legislation in Ireland which specifically addresses hate crime which means we are not compliant with the EU Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia, nor the EU Victims’ Directive. It’s simply unacceptable.”Dr Amanda Haynes , co-Director of the Hate and Hostility Research Group at the University of Limerick said: “We know that hate crime has devastating impacts on its victims. There are considerable mental health impacts associated with hate crime victimisation; victims are forced to self-segregate and assimilate; limit their participation in everyday life; and are sometimes forced out of their home. This conference provides us an opportunity to discuss how to address hate crime in the future to ensure that the right to live a life free from fear is protected across the entirety of Irish society, no matter what your ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or whether you have a disability.”The conference takes runs both today Wednesday May 25 and tomorrow, Thursday May 26. TAGSDr Amanda HaynesHate and Hostility Research GroupInternational Network for Hate StudiesJennifer SchweppeProfessor Barbara PerryUniversity of Limerick Twitter Email Reactions from members of both sides of Eighth Amendment Referendum center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleTim found safe and wellNext articleHunt Museum home to ‘A Terrible Beauty: Centennial Reflection by Robert Ballagh’ Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Facebook Linkedin University of Limerick to host a conversation with television judge Minister chairs UL hate crime discussionlast_img read more

WHO drawing closer to declaring a pandemic

first_imgJun 2, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The global novel H1N1 influenza situation is drawing closer to the status of a true pandemic but is not there yet, the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) lead spokesman on the issue said today.”Globally we believe we’re in phase 5 but are getting closer to phase 6,” said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the WHO assistant director-general for health security and the environment, referring to the WHO’s pandemic alert phases.By the WHO definition, phase 5 means a novel virus is causing sustained community outbreaks in more than one country within one WHO region, in this case the Americas. Phase 6 signals a full pandemic, defined as a novel virus spreading widely in more than one global region. The phases as currently defined do not say anything about the severity of the disease, only its geographic extent.Speaking at a news briefing, Fukuda also said the WHO will come up with ways to describe the severity of the epidemic and provide related guidance so that governments will have more information on how to respond to the situation.Last week, after a number of countries voiced concern that a pandemic declaration would cause undue alarm and disruption in the context of a generally mild disease, Fukuda said the WHO would consider modifying its phase definitions. Today, in the wake of a teleconference with experts yesterday, he signaled that the WHO will stick with the current definitions, but promised the agency would supplement them by finding a way to describe the severity of the disease threat.Transitional countriesFukuda said several countries outside North America, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, Chile, and Australia, seem to be moving from having limited H1N1 outbreaks related to travelers and institutions to having widespread community transmission.”However, we still are waiting for evidence of really widespread community activity in these countries, so I think it’s fair to say that they are in transition and are not quite there yet,” he said.He contrasted those countries with the United States, Mexico, and Canada, where the virus is widespread, and most other countries, where cases are limited and mostly linked to travel or to institutional outbreaks.As of today, the WHO has confirmations of 18,365 novel H1N1 cases in 64 countries, with 117 deaths, Fukuda reported. He said the WHO now plans to update its online H1N1 case count on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, instead of 5 days a week.Offering a kind of one-word descriptor that the WHO has generally avoided, he said, “It’s probably fair to call the situation moderate right now. We have some hesitation in calling it mild, for a couple of reasons.”One reason is that while the number of serious and fatal cases appears relatively low, the WHO doesn’t know the true proportion of severe cases, he said. Another reason is that the infection can be fatal in some people, including those with underlying medical problems, pregnant women, and even some who were previously healthy.Creating a severity scaleThe WHO’s decision to assess severity but not change the pandemic phase definitions comes out of a series of telephone consultations yesterday with about 30 experts from 23 countries, Fukuda reported.He said the discussions were fruitful and produced consensus in a number of areas: “The experts urged WHO to continue to use geographic spread as the basis for moving to phase 6, but also said WHO should modify this movement with an assessment of severity, and WHO should provide more tailored guidance to countries, responding to the severity.”Much of the discussion focused on how to assess severity, which has to do not only with the virulence of the virus but also with the vulnerability and resilience of populations, which are likely to vary from country to country, he said.The WHO may come up with something like a 3-point severity scale, Fukuda said. The agency hopes to develop a general severity assessment that will be useful to all countries but link it with detailed guidance to help local authorities assess their own situation and respond appropriately.”One of the things we hope to do is reduce some of the more drastic actions that may be uncalled for, but also provide guidance to countries regarding what steps they can take,” he added. He cited embargoes on pork and the slaughter of pigs, measures used by some countries in the early stages of the epidemic, as examples of uncalled-for actions.In other comments, Fukuda said the novel virus seems to be behaving pretty much the same in the southern hemisphere as it has in the northern hemisphere. In Chile and Australia, for example, most cases have been mild, but some severe cases with respiratory failure have occurred, just as in North America.”Overall, what we’re seeing in the first few countries in the southern hemisphere is similar to what we’re seeing in the northern hemisphere,” he said.He also reported that most of the flu viruses identified recently in Chile have been the novel H1N1 rather than the seasonal flu viruses that normally show up at this time of year.See also: May 26 CIDRAP News story “WHO may redefine pandemic alert phases”last_img read more