Violence. Vandalism. Assaults. In recent months, reports of hate crimes in the UK have increased. Alongside years of hostile rhetoric, policies from some politicians and divisive campaigns, we are now seeing racism and xenophobia on the rise on our streets and in our communities.

Local leaders must condemn these actions immediately and do everything in their power to make people safe and welcome. Tell your council to speak out against racism, xenophobia and hate crimes now.

Ask your local council to stand against hate

The issue

The EU Referendum, the London Mayoral campaign, and language and imagery used around the refugee crisis have been marked by scare stories and myths. There has been a noticeable trend towards dehumanising and undermining the positive contributions made by migrants, refugees and minorities in every community. 

In the last few months, among other manifestations of hatred, we’ve seen threats and physical abuse hurled in public places, and community buildings defaced with racial slurs.

‘The last few weeks have opened a Pandora’s Box with people feeling able to say and do vile racist things without shame.’

Kate Allen, Amnesty’s UK Director

Stand against hate

People from all walks of life have found themselves bearing the brunt of a society where racism and xenophobia has become more prevalent.

Many of us are unsure of our future, our family’s future and the security of our jobs and homes.

We all need to be urgently reassured that we’re safe, protected and welcome here. We must ensure that no racism, xenophobia or hate crime goes unnoticed. We need you to call on your local authority to make sure they are on high alert and taking these actions seriously.

How your council can make a difference

We need our local communities to start the fight back against racism, xenophobia and hate crime.

By uniting together, your councillors can send a powerful message that will reverberate nationally that the place you call home is standing up to racism, xenophobia and hate crimes.

Amnesty investigates

We stand against racism and xenophobia and their manifestation in hate crimes. We’re conducting research into where the state is failing in its obligations to protect people from becoming victims, and what can be done to make a difference in the future. We will then push the government to make those changes and take a stand for unity and non-discrimination.  

Hate crimes can include acts such as:

  • threatening behaviour
  • assault
  • robbery
  • damage to property
  • inciting others to commit hate crimes
  • harassment

Find out how to report a hate crime

It's working

Your actions have encouraged councils across the UK to act swiftly and speak out against hate crimes, xenophobia, racism and other forms of discrimination.

Many councils have now taken a stand, thanks to more almost 16,000 emails sent by you. So far, 390 councils have been contacted and we know these councils have passed a motion condemning hate crime:

  • Allerdale Borough
  • Barnet
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Belfast City
  • Birmingham City
  • Brighton and Hove City
  • Bristol
  • Canterbury City
  • Cheltenham
  • City of Wolverhampton
  • Corby
  • Conwy County
  • Croydon
  • Dartford Borough
  • East Ayrshire
  • Enfield
  • Epping Forest District
  • Epsom and Ewell
  • Glasgow City
  • Gravesham Borough
  • Hackney
  • Hounslow
  • Hull City
  • Huntingdonshire District
  • Ipswich
  • Isle of Wight
  • Islington North
  • Islington South & Finsbury
  • Kettering Borough
  • Lambeth
  • Lancaster City
  • Lichfield
  • London Borough of Brent
  • London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Medway
  • Middlesborough Borough
  • Norwich City
  • Oxford City
  • Sefton
  • Salford
  • Sandwell
  • Sheffield
  • South Gloucestershire
  • South Somerset
  • Southwark
  • St Helens
  • Stevenage
  • Stroud
  • Suffolk County
  • Swansea
  • Tameside
  • Taunton Deane Borough
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Wakefield
  • Walsall
  • Welwyn Hatfield
  • West Lancashire Borough
  • West Sussex County
  • Wigan
  • Woking
  • Wokingham Borough
  • Worcestershire County
  • Worthing Borough
  • Wychavon District
  • Wyre Forest District

If your council has passed a similar motion, let us know.