Civic and faith leaders across Greater Manchester have come together to issue a joint statement against hate crime.
The statement recognises the positive elements of Greater Manchester but clearly outlines that there is no place for hate crime in our communities. It has been developed with the support of Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy, Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA).
It is hoped that all agencies and organisations across Greater Manchester will support the statement and make sure hate crime has no place in our communities.
The joint statement:
One of the greatest strengths of Greater Manchester is the fact so many people have come here from different countries, cultures and religions and have contributed so much to the life and prosperity of the area.
One of our core values is tolerance and a ‘live and let live’ approach. We deplore actions intended to spread hatred towards any particular group on the basis of their personal characteristics and all forms of hate crime.
People should be able to go about their lives and practise their religion and lifestyle without the threat of harassment or abuse. In particular we condemn attacks on places of worship and the recent desecration of graves which causes enormous hurt and offence.
Free speech and love of liberty has always been a key feature of the history and culture of Greater Manchester but it is important that religions or communities are not stereotyped on the basis of the activities of extremists and that everyone strives for greater understanding between different groups so the divisions seen in other parts of the world are never a feature of life here.
Join our declaration against hate and help send a powerful message to those who would divide the people of Greater Manchester.