Local politicians and faith leaders have issued a joint statement condemning hate crime, following a reported increase in incidents in recent days.
Joint statement on hate crime by local politicians, community and faith leaders:
Wales has a proud tradition of welcoming people from around the world and it is our diversity that makes us stronger. We are grateful to all those who choose this small nation to work and live in.
As elected representatives, community and faith leaders in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, and wider South Wales, we pledge to stand together against hate and intolerance in our communities – from wherever that comes.
Whether it is in the street, the workplace or online, those who seek to promote hatred and violence – whether based on race, religion, political affiliation, gender or sexuality – have no place in Wales or in Britain. We stand united. We will not tolerate hatred and those who promote it.
We urge anyone who believes they have been the victim of any hate crime, or has any fears about the safety of themselves or their community, to contact South Wales Police on 101 non-emergency number or 999 in an emergency.
Rt Hon Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner, South Wales Police
Stephen Doughty MP, Cardiff South and Penarth
Jo Stevens MP, Cardiff Central
Craig Williams MP, Cardiff North
Kevin Brennan MP, Cardiff West
Alun Cairns MP, Vale of Glamorgan
Vaughan Gething AM, Cardiff South and Penarth
Jenny Rathbone AM, Cardiff Central
Julie Morgan AM, Cardiff North
Mark Drakeford AM, Cardiff West
Jane Hutt AM, Vale of Glamorgan
Cllr Phil Bale, Leader, City of Cardiff Council
Cllr Neil Moore, Leader, Vale of Glamorgan Council
Saleem Kidwai OBE, KFO, FRSA, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Wales
Most Revd Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Llandaff
Rt Revd John Davies, Bishop of Swansea & Brecon
Rt Revd Richard Pain, Bishop of Monmouth
Revd Canon Carol Wardman, Bishops’ Adviser for Church and Society, The Church in Wales
Very Rev Dr Gareth Jones, Co-ordinating Chaplain: Cardiff University
Reverend Canon Aled Edwards OBE, Chief Executive of Cytûn: Churches Together in Wales
Rabbi Michoel Rose, Cardiff United Synagogue
Stanley Soffa, Chair, South Wales Jewish Representative Council
Vimla Patel MBE, Chair of Hindu Council of Wales
Mr Naran B Patel MBE, President, Shree Swaminarayan Temple Cardiff
The cross-party, cross-denominational statement was co-ordinated by Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty, who said: “I’m delighted at the solidarity and response – and encourage others to support the sentiments in the statement.”
South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael added: “South Wales Police aims to understand the needs of its communities and wants to hear about people’s current experiences – for example the Muslim Council of Wales and I have worked out a new way for people to tell the police about incidents or experiences informally. Anyone who believes they have been the victim of any hate crime should contact police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.”
Stephen also raised the issue in the Commons chamber this week – read his words here.