I am writing to add my support to this year’s Hate Crime Awareness Week.
The Welsh Government is committed to taking steps to ensure we can live in a country where hostility and prejudice are not tolerated. Hate crimes and hate incidents can have a devastating impact upon the lives of victims and the communities in which they live. We have a Hate Crime Framework for Action which has an annual delivery plan and we see this as vital in our aim to raise awareness of hate crime.
We will continue to work with our partners and our communities to increase this awareness and encourage victims to come forward and report. My message for Hate Crime Awareness Week is for all communities to have the confidence to report. We have developed enhanced support in Wales through our National Hate Crime Report and Support Centre.
It is important that we all collectively take responsibility to encourage people in our communities to come forward. There is certainly a big leadership role for us all and Hate Crime Awareness Week is such an important time. It can help us all consider how prejudice and hostility can be challenged within our own communities. People should not stand by and consider hostility and prejudice as inevitable.
In Wales, to maximise the effectiveness of Hate Crime Awareness Week, we have provided funding to each of our four Police Crime Commissioners to hold numerous events across the week. The aim is not only to raise awareness of hate crime in their regions, but to encourage people to report. All four Police Forces have agreed an overarching campaign on reporting hate crime during the week through a ‘Make Hate History’ Campaign, which will be promoted through social media. The Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty is hosting a ‘National Conference on Hate Crime and Bullying in the Age of Social Media’, the aim of which is to explore barriers and solutions with partners across Wales. We all need to play our part and I want to encourage anyone who is a victim of a hate crime to report it. Together we can tackle hate crime.