Council chiefs in St Helens are backing the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The day takes place on March 21, with the logo ‘St Helens, No Place for Hate’, and aims to raise awareness of the support available to victims of race hate crime.
St Helens No Place for Hate campaign, led by St Helens Council’s Safer Communities team, encourages individuals and local organisations and businesses to sign an online pledge against hate crime – a public statement that they will work to tackle it.
For organisations, the pledge sends a clear message to staff, members, service-users and customers that they are working with other local agencies to stamp out hate crime.
Hate crime is any offence or incident committed against individuals, groups and communities because of who they are.
The significance of 21 March dates back to 1960, when police in Sharpeville, South Africa opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid ‘pass laws’, a form of internal passport system designed to segregate the population and severely limit the movements of the black African populace.
If you have been affected by hate crime, support is available, you are not alone.
There are a number of agencies you can contact:
Hate Crime Hotline – 0800 953 4433
Merseyside Police SIGMA (hate crime) Unit – 0151 709 6010
Stop Hate UK 0800 138 1625
To sign the No Place for Hate pledge and get more information, visit www.safersthelens.org.uk.