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The Globalization of HateInternationalizing Hate Crime?$
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Jennifer Schweppe and Mark Austin Walters

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198785668

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785668.001.0001

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Conceptualizing Hatred Globally

Conceptualizing Hatred Globally

Is Hate Crime a Human Rights Violation?

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(p.31) 2 Conceptualizing Hatred Globally
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The Globalization of Hate
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Thomas Brudholm

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785668.003.0003

Acknowledging hate crime as a human rights violation prompts recognition of such violence as a global indignity and a legitimate international concern. But should we categorize hate crime a human rights violation? The answer depends on how we conceptualize both hate crime and human rights. The chapter begins with a clarification of the concept hate crime; delimiting it in relation to crimes against humanity and arguing why the ensuing discussion focuses on hate crimes committed by private actors. On the basis of a discussion of two conflicting views of human rights, the chapter presents a cluster of reasons to hesitate or even abstain from classifying hate crime as a human rights violation, arguing that doing so is compatible with taking both hate crimes and human rights seriously.

Keywords:   human rights, philosophy, ethics, violations of human rights, hate crime concept, crimes against humanity, dignity, European Court of Human Rights, non-state actors

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