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

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

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