Canberra’s ethnic group leaders want tougher measures against racism | Canberra Times

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The pandemic has led to an increase in racist assaults in Canberra, say leaders of the various ethnic groups in the ACT. Among the incidents they cite are: “Canberra is a very peaceful place, but sometimes when racism raises its ugly head, it’s really bad,” said Chin Wong of the Chinese Australian Association in the ACT. “We have repeatedly experienced racial abuse, verbal abuse. Sometimes it’s really bad.” Our companies are attacked by people who just behave badly. “The group, which covers people with backgrounds from many parts of Africa, South America and Asia , says that racism is not dealt with severely enough by the police or the ACT’s Human Rights Commission. They feel it is a hidden problem that needs to be brought out into the open. block of flats that have screamed racist abuse at another resident. “It’s a problem, but no one is talking about it,” said Marial Kot, the leader of the South Sudanese Association. “We feel we are second-class citizens. “There are many people who suffer in silence. Children are threatened at school.” The group has written to the Commission on Human Rights, which the ethnic leaders feel are not active enough to go out to the local communities to find out what is going on. “We do not want them to sit there and wait for us to go to them. We want them to come into the communities and find out what is happening,” Mr Kot said. The case has been taken up by ACT’s shadow minister for multicultural affairs, Giulia Jones. “Some people in our society suffer from occasional but very personal disturbing and harmful attacks, based on their race or ethnic background,” Mrs Jones said. A local worker, Vikas Sharma, is setting up an online site so people can detect abuse and attacks. “The important thing first is to recognize that racism exists here. We can not just push it under the rug,” he said. The Commission on Human Rights said: “Takes complaints of racism seriously and recognizes how disturbing racism is for individuals, their families, friends and communities.” The Commission looks forward to working with members of the community to ensure that its complaint process is accessible to all in the Canberra community. “A police statement said:” ACT Policing receives a small number of reports of offenses that may be racially motivated. All of these reports are taken seriously. “The main crime would be” serious slander, “which occurs when someone” incites hatred against, serious contempt for, or serious ridicule of a person or group of people “because of their race, sexuality, or gender. The penalties are fines of up to $ 8,000.Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community, so you can continue to access our trusted content:

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