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Race Legislation

Discrimination on grounds of race is prohibited in relation to education and training, employment and provision of goods, facilities and services. There are also specific provisions regarding racial abuse and promoting racial hatred. The Race Relations Act 1976 (RRA) makes it illegal to discriminate against someone because of their race, colour, nationality or citizenship, or ethnic or national background in relation to employment, education, training, housing and the provision of goods, facilities and services.

The Race Relation Act 1976 states that “racial grounds” means any of the following grounds, colour, race nationality or ethnic or national origins; and that “racial group” means a group of persons defined by reference to colour, race, nationality or ethnic or national origins. It also states that the fact that a racial group comprises two or more distinct racial groups does not prevent it from constituting a particular racial group.

The Race Relations Act was amended in 2000 to give public authorities a new statutory duty to promote race equality, the Race Equality Duty. It contains general and specific duties.

The general duty applies to all public authorities listed in the Act which came into force across 2001/2. It requires them:
• to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination;
• to promote equality of opportunity between persons of different racial groups, and;
• to promote good relations between persons of different racial groups

The specific duties include the duty to publish a race equality scheme or policy, and for some public authorities the duty to monitor staffing, by racial group, as well as specific duties in relation to education. The Scottish Parliament has the right to approve orders for specific duties in relation to devolved bodies.

The Public Order Act 1986 prohibits promoting racial hatred. It defines racial hatred as hatred against a group of persons in Great Britain defined by reference to colour, race, nationality – including citizenship – or ethnic or national origins. It prohibits the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or displaying any written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting with the intention of stirring up racial hatred or where racial hatred is likely to be stirred up.

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