Twenty years on since the Senedd was established, the main political parties of Wales have come together to pledge to tackle racism and racial inequality in Wales.
A motion passed in the National Assembly for Wales and tabled jointly by Welsh Labour, the Welsh Conservatives and Plaid Cymru with support from Welsh Liberal Democrat Kirsty Williams AM and Independent Dafydd Elis-Thomas calls on the Assembly Commission to facilitate the development of a cross-party Welsh declaration pledging to tackle racism and to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.
A landmark event and the first of its kind in Wales, the declaration would be developed in consultation with organisations dedicated to tackling racial inequality including Race Council Cymru and EYST and would commit the National Assembly for Wales to the elimination of racial discrimination.
Welsh Labour, Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Conservatives said they were “proud” to come together to demonstrate a united front in wholeheartedly supporting the global fight to “root out racism and racist ideology”, to strive towards “a more equal Wales” and in tackling “all forms of racial inequality”.
Deputy Minister and Chief Whip Jane Hutt said,
“We have an opportunity today to add our voices to the calls for racial harmony, peace and justice around the world. We must publicly condemn racism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia and anti-Semitism wherever it occurs, and we must take further action to tackle racial inequalities in our own country.
“We must take action here in Wales to continue to build a strong and diverse society, where people of every race, faith and colour are valued for their character and their actions.”