Statement from Archbishop of Canterbury Launches Hate Crime Awareness Week

The Archbishop has spoken about how hate crime 'should have no possible place in a society that respects the dignity of all' in a statement to mark the beginning of Hate Crime Awareness Week

The Archbishop's statement is below:

"Hate crime is a fundamental challenge to an individual’s dignity and identity. As such it should have no possible place in a society that respects the dignity of all; and it should find no possible justification in any kind of religious belief.

"Christian faith has at its core the conviction that God values each of us infinitely; and it should spur us on to combat hatred and prejudice wherever we encounter them. My prayers are with you as you gather to remember all those who have been affected in any way by hate crimes. I share your hope that with vigilance and solidarity we may work together for a society free from such outrages."

An act of remembrance for the victims of hate crime was held in St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday, 13 October at 6.30pm.