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Poland: Hate Crime

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 114569, tabled on 20 November 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will assess the diplomatic implications of reports of anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, racist and anti-refugee hate speech during the recent march in Warsaw to mark Poland’s Independence Day.

Answered on

28 November 2017

Her Majesty's Government strongly condemns all types of hate speech and we encourage all countries to investigate and tackle any reported incidents of hate speech. The UK and Poland have worked together on combatting hate crime through a joint workshop in London in 2017 and by co-hosting an expert panel at an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe event in September 2016. Our Embassy in Warsaw is in contact with local NGOs who monitor incidents of hate crime.