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“Hate crimes are criminal acts committed against people, property,
or organisations that are motivated in whole or part by prejudice
because of the group to which the victim belongs or identifies with”

Hate Crime Working Group

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“Hate crimes are the scariest thing in the world because these
people really believe what they're doing is right.”

Cher

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“Hate crimes are linked to social identities, social power and to social attitudes.
Any response therefore requires targeted, multidisciplinary and multilevel
(macro, meso and micro) interventions and leadership”

Prof Juan Nel, UNISA

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“No one is born hating another person because of the
color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.
People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate,
they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally
to the human heart than its opposite.”

Nelson Mandela

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“Hate crimes can and do intimidate and disrupt entire communities and
vitiate the civility that is essential to healthy democratic processes.”

New York State Hate Crimes Act

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“Hate crimes do more than threaten the safety and welfare of all citizens.
They inflict on victims incalculable physical and emotional damage and
tear at the very fabric of free society.”

New York State Hate Crimes Act

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“Verbal abuse. Swearing. Threats. Intimidation. Harrassment. Bullying.
Vandalism. Graffiti. You don’t have to be hit for it to be a hate crime”

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"We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin,
but we all belong to one human race. We all share the same basic values."

- Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary General

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"The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less."

Eldridge Cleaver, writer

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Steering Committee Members

Sanja BornmanLAWYERS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (Chair)
Matthew Clayton (Secretary)TRIANGLE
Marlise RichterSONKE GENDER JUSTICE
Alana BaranovSOUTH AFRICAN JEWISH BOARD OF DEPUTIES
Corey JohnsonSCALABRINI CENTRE
Lesego TlhwaleSEX WORKER EDUCATION & ADVOCACY TASKFORCE
Prof Juan NelPSYSA
Nonhlanhla MkhizeLGBTI Community and Health Centre
Sandile NdeluGENDER DYNAMIX
Bambi StewartAMNESTY INTERNATIONAL