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Sinn Féin anti-racism/sectarianism motion to be debated at Assembly today

29 June, 2009 - by Alex Maskey, Jennifer McCann, Maeve McLaughlin

A Sinn Féin motion calling for unequivocal leadership in the face of sectarian and racist attacks will today be debated on the floor of the Assembly. The motion has been tabled by south Belfast MLA Alex Maskey, Equality and Human rights spokesperson Martina Anderson MLA and spokesperson on Ethnic Minorities Jennifer McCann MLA.

Speaking in advance of the debate Mr Maskey said;

“Today’s motion is an important one; the sectarian murder of Kevin McDaid in Coleraine and the recent racist attacks in south Belfast show very clearly that prejudice is still prevalent within some sections of our society and must be tackled.

The motion itself calls for a governmental and political response similar to the one we saw at a community level immediately after the attacks on the Roma families; it calls for clear and unequivocal leadership in order to face down those people responsible.

The onus is on Government, political leaders as well as community and statutory agencies to lead positively in the time ahead.” CRÍOCH

Notes to Editors: The motion reads as follows:

Motion - Racist and Sectarian Attacks

That this Assembly condemns unreservedly all racist and sectarian attacks; calls for the rights and entitlements of ethnic minorities and other vulnerable communities to be protected; commends all those voluntary and statutory agencies which assisted in the recent upheaval inflicted upon members of the Roma community in Belfast; and calls on all Departments to respond appropriately and on all political leaders to display leadership and unity of purpose in tackling all manifestations of hate crime.

[Mr A Maskey]
[Ms J McCann]
[Ms M Anderson]

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