On the 29th of November 2016, members of faith-based organisations met in Luton with the UK Coalition for Preventing Genocide, Protecting the Vulnerable, of which GRASSROOTS team member Bonnie Evans-Hills is a member. The coalition was formed at a meeting in Treviso, Italy in September 2015, helping to develop the United Nations’ Europe Plan of Action - recommendations for a regional strategy in preventing incitement to violence that could lead to atrocity crimes. The Luton meeting brought together those working on the ground across the UK in the areas of youth work, combating hate crime and radicalisation, gender issues, and support for refugees and asylum seekers.
A statement of recommendations from this meeting will be released in a few weeks’ time, and presented to the UK government with the support of the United Nations Office for Genocide Prevention and Responsibility to Protect.
While in Luton, the group heard about the inspiring work many local faith-based organisations are carrying out to celebrate diversity and combat discrimination, including GRASSROOTS, in Luton, and Hope Not Hate, a national organisation which maps hate crime.
For further information on the Europe Plan of Action visit: http://www.un.org/en/preventgenocide/adviser/pdf/Europe%20Plan%20of%20Action.pdf