Hate crimes tar­get­ing Blacks, Jews, Mus­lims on rise, Stat­Can says

StarMetro Edmonton - - CANADA & WORLD -

The num­ber of hate crimes re­ported to Cana­dian po­lice jumped sharply last year after years of small in­creases, with new sta­tis­tics show­ing in­ci­dents tar­get­ing Black peo­ple, Jews and Mus­lims ac­count­ing for most of the up­turn.

Hate crimes tar­get­ing Black peo­ple ac­counted for 16 per cent of all hate crimes in Canada in 2017, Sta­tis­tics Canada re­ported Thurs­day.

They stayed the most com­mon type of race- or eth­nic­i­tyre­lated hate crime.

In­ci­dents in­volv­ing Mus­lims more than dou­bled be­tween 2016 and 2017, from 139 in­ci­dents to 349, one year after po­lice re­ported a de­crease in hate crimes tar­get­ing that pop­u­la­tion.

Over­all, hate crimes tar­get­ing Mus­lims ac­counted for 17 per cent of all in­ci­dents.

And hate crimes tar­get­ing Jews in­creased for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year and ac­counted for 18 per cent of all hate crimes na­tion­ally.

The fig­ures prompted Jew­ish groups to call on the Lib­er­als to do more to help po­lice fight hate crime, and fol­low through on a pledge by Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau In 2017, po­lice re­ported 2,073 hate crimes, an in­crease of 664 from 2016.

to ex­pand a pro­gram aimed at help­ing re­li­gious groups pay for se­cu­rity at their fa­cil­i­ties.

Hate crimes based on sex­ual

ori­en­ta­tion ac­counted for about one in 10 of all such in­ci­dents last year.

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