Polish community in call to Stormont over racist attacks

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Members of the Polish community have written to the Northern Ireland Executive to demand that a Hate Crime Action Plan is implemented following the recent wave of racist attacks on ethnic minorities. The letter is below:

Call for the NI Executive to enact a comprehensive

Hate Crime Action Plan.

Rt Hon Peter Robinson MLA and Martin McGuinness MLA
Northern Ireland Executive
Stormont Castle
Stormont Estate
Belfast BT4 3TT

CC:
Minister of Justice David Ford MLA
Dr Malcolm McKibbin, Head of the NI Civil Service
Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly Mr Mitchel McLaughlin MLA
Chief Constable George Hamilton, PSNI
Lord Mayor Cllr Arder Carson
Mrs Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive, Belfast City Council
Chief Executives Forum
Northern Ireland Policing Board

Dear Ministers,

As members of the Polish community in Northern Ireland we are writing to you to express our deepest concern in relation to the ongoing hate crime incidents and attacks.

We are the largest ethnic minority here. We pay taxes, we work hard, we contribute to the culture of Northern Ireland and we are committed to building a shared and prosperous future for all.

We are grateful for the warm welcome and hospitality of the majority of people in Northern Ireland.

However, we are not prepared to tolerate the ongoing intimidation, discrimination and attacks against members of our and other minority groups in Northern Ireland perpetrated by a small number of individuals.

We wish to acknowledge the support from the majority of the local community and some individual politicians, but we are highly disappointed with the total lack of political leadership and a coordinated response.

Despite the repeated assurances of action, attacks are on the increase, damaging not only the lives of the victims, but also the well-being of the wider community and the reputation of Northern Ireland internationally.

We are calling for the Northern Ireland Executive to immediately enact a comprehensive cross-departmental Hate Crime Action Plan.

We all want to live in a society free from prejudice, bigotry and hatred. A society of inclusion in which diversity is celebrated.

For and on behalf of the Polish community in Northern Ireland:

Jerome Mullen – Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in NI

Bangor.PL Association

Conrad’s Cut Outs

Nasz Express Magazine

PolacywNI.uk

PolFolk

Polish Abroad Derry/Londonderry

Polish Anglers Northern Ireland Community

Polish Cultural Week Northern Ireland

Polish Educational and Cultural Association Northern Ireland
Polish Dancers in Belfast

Polish NI Community Network

Polish Saturday School Ballymena
Polish Saturday School Bangor 

Polish Saturday Belfast 

Polish Saturday School Craigvon

Polish Saturday School Derry/Londonderry
Polish Saturday School Portadown
Polish Supplementary School Newry
Polski Magazyn Northern Ireland

and 872 signatures from the individual members of the wider Northern Irish society.

Contact Sylwia McAvoy at sylwia@peca-ni.org for further information.


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