Tackling hate crime

I was proud to support a motion to Hounslow Council this week that reiterated our opposition to all forms of religious intolerance and hatred.

# **UNITED AGAINST HATE CRIME: COUNCIL COMES TOGETHER IN "MONUMENTAL" MOVE.**# **"We resolve to write to the new Prime Minister to request that his new administration reaffirms that diversity has always played a vital role in the UK’s heritage and culture, and we must stand firmly against all forms of hatred, prejudice and intolerance.”**# **#DebateNotHate#**# **It was only the second time anyone could remember complete unity – the first time being the Climate Emergency debate four months ago.**# **The motion was proposed by Cllrs Javed Akhunzada and seconded by Hina Mir at this week's meeting of Hounslow Borough Council.**# **Speakers included Cllrs Ron Mushiso, Salman Shaheen, Katherine Dunne, Vikram Grewal, Sam Hearn, Richard Foote, Hanif Khan and Nisar Malik.**# **The motion in full says: “This Council condemns the rise of hate crime in the United Kingdom (UK) and around the world, not least the horrific terrorist attack against the Muslim community in New Zealand, terrorist attacks on predominantly Christians in Sri Lanka and shootings in the United States of America (USA) aimed at the Hispanic community. Furthermore, we recognise that religious intolerance has been recognised as a problem in its many strands in our political parties for some time.**# **We wish to express our solidarity with people of all faiths and none, and reiterate that Hounslow is a borough where everyone has the right to be safe in practicing their beliefs. We also condemn in the strongest terms the role which the press and some politicians have played in fanning the flames of division in communities around the UK and stoking up hatred against minorities.**# **We resolve to adopt the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) definition of Islamophobia, reiterate our commitment to opposing anti-semitism and to campaign against all forms of racism.**# **We resolve to write to the new Prime Minister to request that his new administration reaffirms that diversity has always played a vital role in the UK’s heritage and culture, and we must stand firmly against all forms of hatred, prejudice and intolerance.”**

Posted by Brentford TV on Thursday, October 31, 2019

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