East Berkshire Green Party

Greens welcome higher conviction rate for hate crimes

22 December 2009

The Greens have welcomed news from the Crown Prosecution Service of higher conviction rates in the region for hate crimes.

The Crown Prosecution Service's second annual hate crime report published recently shows convictions for the offences in the Thames Valley region has risen by 5.6 per cent to 81.4 per cent since last year.

In 2008/09 425 defendants were prosecuted for such offences in the area, up from 414 in 2007/08.

Green Party leader and South East MEP Caroline Lucas has spoken out against the growth of hate crimes in the UK:

"The Green Party's view is clear: everyone in Britain must be free to follow their chosen faith, or none, fully confident that their right to do so will be vigorously upheld by government."

"Racism is a blot on the face of civilisation, and must be wiped out."

"Singling-out a particular racial or religious group and victimising them is completely unacceptable and must not for a second be tolerated."

Homophobic hate crimes have increased dramatically over the past 12 months with two high profile murders in the last few months which led to a 6,000 strong vigil in Trafalgar Square during November. While Anti-Semitism and Islamphobia have also increased, examples of racist graffiti desecrating Muslim and Jewish graves have become an all too common occurrence.



Notes for editors

1) Caroline Lucas is the current Green Party Leader and prospective candidate for Brighton Pavilion, a constituency the greens are expected to win

2) Source http://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/news/article-14139-rise-in-hate-crime-convictions/

3) London Vigil http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2009/10/31/crowds-gather-in-trafalgar-square-to-say-no-to-hate/

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