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Sports back Unite Against Hate scheme.

Byline: JILLY BEATTIE

NORTHERN Ireland's Unite Against Hate campaign will relaunch later this month with support from the IFA, Ulster Rugby and the GAA.

Together with Victim Support NI, the initiative aims to raise awareness of hate crimes among the general public.

And it will tell people what services are available for victims, address the under-reporting of hate crime and promote the benefits of diversity.

The move has received support from leading sports organisations as well as student bodies and a wide range of statutory and voluntary groups.

Belfast Lord Mayor Cllr Nichola Mallon, said: "Belfast City Council is committed to supporting the Unite Against Hate campaign.

"I'd like to thank all those here today working so hard to try to tackle prejudice, ignorance and hate crime.

"Belfast is becoming a more diverse city and a melting pot for many different cultures and ethnic groups - and is a richer place for it.

"Belfast people are known for their warm welcome. Recent headlines are upsetting and certainly not representative of the majority living in the city."

Victim Support NI's Hanna Stewart added: "We want to make victims aware that practical help and emotional support is available ."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jun 27, 2014
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