Insulting homeless could become hate crime in Scotland as judges review legislation : Daily Record.

The law currently covers race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and gender identity.

Insulting the poor could become a crime under Scots law.

The move has been mooted as Lord Bracadale, one of the nation’s most senior judges, reviews hate crime legislation.

Currently, such legislation covers race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and gender identity.

Amnesty International Scotland have urged Lord Bracadale to “consolidate hate crime legislation to ensure consistency, clarity and equal protection.”

They have asked the Scottish Government to consider including ageism, sexism and economic status in Lord Bracadale’s review.

Amnesty International’s programme director for Scotland, Naomi McAuliffe, says those on the street need to be better protected against verbal and physical attacks.

Lord Bracadale is reviewing hate crime legislation.

McAuliffe added: “There have been reports from charities about violence and abuse that those who are living on the streets face.Read More : Daily Record.

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