Freedom of expression does not extend to hate crime and Irish people need to accept that “it is not enough to be anti-racist but that there is a need to be actively anti-racist,” said Amnesty International Ireland’s executive director Colm O’Gorman.
“There is a need to be more than reactive,”he said.
Mr O’Gorman was responding to two incidents in recent days, one in Dublin and the other in Galway.
On Friday evening Xuedan (Shelly) Xiong was allegedly racially abused before being pushed into Dublin’s Royal Canal by a group of teenage boys while walking near Ashtown.
Last week it emerged that NUI Galway had requested Garda assistance in its investigation of the alleged racist abuse of a woman of colour on its campus by a middle-aged man, as posted on social media.