Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann said today the Racial Equality Strategy needs to be urgently put out to public consultation.
The Junior Minister at the Office of the First and Deputy First ministers said,
“Martin McGuinness has signed off on the draft Racial Equality Strategy and we want to see this out for public consultation urgently.
“The strategy has been designed as a template to tackle racial inequalities in the North and to open up opportunities for all people no matter what their ethnic origins.
“It was also devised to tackle racism and hate crime. And given the racial attacks and abuse over the past few weeks it is essential that we begin to implement the strategy immediately.
“We are also proposing a programme of interventions to supplement the racial equality strategy and we are bidding for resources for an ethnic minority crisis fund.
“One of the key points in the document is that leadership is needed at political, civic and community levels.
“We now need to stand together and clearly state that racism is clearly wrong.
“We have to defend the right of our minority communities to live a full life without fear of attack or intimidation.”