Human Rights Act 1993

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63 Racial harassment


It shall be unlawful for any person to use language (whether written or spoken), or visual material, or physical behaviour that—


expresses hostility against, or brings into contempt or ridicule, any other person on the ground of the colour, race, or ethnic or national origins of that person; and


is hurtful or offensive to that other person (whether or not that is conveyed to the first-mentioned person); and


is either repeated, or of such a significant nature, that it has a detrimental effect on that other person in respect of any of the areas to which this subsection is applied by subsection (2).


The areas to which subsection (1) applies are—


the making of an application for employment:


employment, which term includes unpaid work:


participation in, or the making of an application for participation in, a partnership:


membership, or the making of an application for membership, of an industrial union or professional or trade association:


access to any approval, authorisation, or qualification:


vocational training, or the making of an application for vocational training:


access to places, vehicles, and facilities:


access to goods and services:


access to land, housing, or other accommodation:




participation in fora for the exchange of ideas and information.

Section 63(2)(k): inserted, on 3 July 2015, by section 38 of the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 (2015 No 63).