Political leadership needed to tackle racism - Fearon
Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has encouraged victims of racist hate crimes to report them to the police.
The party’s spokesperson on equality and social justice said:
“It's a very sad reality that racist hate crimes continue to be committed in our society and that people living in the north of Ireland in particular EU migrant workers, ethnic minorities and those who have come to live and make the north their home have never felt more insecure regarding their vulnerability to hate crime.
“The United Nations Committee in its report on elimination of Racial Discrimination last year welcomed the Racial Equality Strategy as a positive step as a road map to tackle the issue of racial discrimination.
“However, the UN report also noted that in the absence of Equality legislation the North will faces challenges in combating racism. Sinn Féin supports equality legislation to combat racism. “Racism is prevalent and in order to combat it political leadership is needed.
“Sinn Fein believe that everyone has the right to freedom from fear, and this is a challenge for policing and justice systems to meet.
“This is a challenge that must be met without prejudice and respect for human rights.”