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Hate crime must stop – Ford

Justice Minister David Ford has called for an end to attacks on minority communities.
Friday, 17 January 2014

I condemn in the strongest possible terms this spate of hate crimes.

Minister of Justice David Ford MLA,Northern Ireland Department of Justice

The Minister was speaking following a briefing he received from PSNI Chief Inspector Mark McEwan Area Commander East Belfast. The Minister also met Joanna Kuberczyk and Livia Larath from Belfast Migrant Centre, who have provided support to affected families.

David Ford said: "I condemn in the strongest possible terms this spate of hate crimes.

People from these islands have been welcomed all around the world over many years and have contributed greatly to those countries.

New people coming here enrichen our community and should be welcomed with open arms. We can learn much from new cultures and have nothing to fear from them.

There is a responsibility on all of us to work towards a truly shared and inclusive society and the very small number of people carrying out these attacks have no support amongst the people of Belfast.

Our Community safety Strategy aims to reduce the harm caused by this type of hate crime. We are actively working with a range of statutory and non statutory bodies to encourage greater reporting of hate crime, including through the use of third party reporting systems, and to increase the effectiveness of the support to victims of hate crime.

I would call on anyone with information to pass it to the police or to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111."

Notes to Editors

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