Thursday, 11 January 2018 15:58

Victorians urged to stand up against misleading claims of African gang crisis

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is calling on all Victorians to take a stand against racism and discrimination in the community. 

Misleading claims of an African gang crisis in Victoria – refuted by the Chief Commissioner of Police - have already spurred race-based hate and threats towards African Victorians. 

“Victoria is an inclusive and diverse state. We know that a society free from racism and discrimination is better able to tackle complex issues such as anti-social and criminal behaviour. 

“Leaders across sectors – especially in government and the media – have an important role in championing the positive values of diversity and equality,” said Commissioner Kristen Hilton. 

“The leadership of Victoria Police in establishing an African-Australian community taskforce, which will include addressing racial vilification and hate crime, is a positive step.

“Victoria has strong anti-discrimination protections. Racial vilification and discrimination are not only harmful, they are against the law.

“We encourage all Victorians to know their rights and responsibilities and to take a stand against racism wherever they see it,” said Commissioner Hilton.

If you have experienced racial vilification or discrimination you can contact us for information or to make a complaint: 1300 292 153 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Find out more from the Commission about how to respond to incidents of racism or racist practices and systems:

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