Chris Lyttle MLA said: “Following the recent rise in hate crimes across Northern Ireland, with two or three incidents being reported to the Police on a daily basis, there is an urgent need for the First and deputy First Ministers to publish the long awaited Racial Equality Strategy. The lack of a well-resourced Government policy to tackle racism has created a vacuum where there is neither political leadership nor departmental actions to address prejudice, promote community relations and protect ethnic minorities.
“It was heartening to see so many people take a stand against hate at the rally against racism on Saturday. However, it is now time for delivery by OFMDFM on this issue. Northern Ireland must be an open and welcoming place for all.
“I would like to express my support and solidarity to all the victims of racist attacks. I know the vast majority of the public are deeply opposed to the actions of those responsible for these crimes, and I would urge anybody with any information about these attacks to contact the Police.”