Cross Party Group on Racial Equality
The Cross Party Group on Racial Equality in Scotland brings together MSPs, BME organisation representatives and individuals to promote real change towards a Scotland free from racism.
The purpose of the group is:
To provide a forum for issues relating to race and anti-racism and to seek solutions to the discrimination faced by Scotland's Black/Ethnic Minority communities.
To work through cross party dialogue in promoting the role played by Scotland's civic society, Parliament and Government in actively building a Scotland free from racism.
The group will seek to identify and address racism across society, including through learning from the experiences of BME groups.
The group had its first launch meeting in June 2008 at the Scottish Parliament where it was attended by over 30 representatives from BME organisations alongside 10 MSPs. The group was addressed by former Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality, Professor Kay Hampton.
A message of support was also received from the First Minister, Alex Salmond, who stated:
"I warmly welcome the launch of the Cross Party Group on Racial Equality in Scotland. We live in a diverse and rapidly changing society - we should celebrate that diversity as one of the key strengths of our shared Scottish identity, and foster understanding, awareness and tolerance. There is a need to ensure that the people of Scotland are capable and empowered to recognise and challenge racist attitudes and behaviour. The Scottish Government looks forward to working with the group in building an inclusive Scotland that is free from racism."
The Office Bearers elected for 2013/14 are:
Convenor: Bob Doris MSP
Vice Convenor: Hanzala Malik MSP
Vice Convenor: Jamie McGrigor MSP
Secretary: Jatin Haria
Next meeting: 24 June 2015 at 6pm.
Minutes of meeting held on 19 November 2014
Minutes of meeting held on 18 February 2014
Minutes of meeting held on 28 November 2013
Minutes of Meeting held on 5 June 2013
Minutes of Meeting held on 2 October 2012
Minutes of Meeting held on 13 June 2012
Minutes of Meeting held on 21 March 2012
Minutes of Meeting held on 25 January 2012
Minutes of Meeting held on 6 October 2011
Minutes of Meeting held on 29 June 2011