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The BBC's Daniel Sandford
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Friday, 20 October, 2000, 01:57 GMT
Lawrences to 'fight on'
Doreen and Neville Lawrence
The Lawrences: 'This is going to be a long fight'
The parents of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence have spoken of their continuing struggle to bring his killers to justice.

Doreen and Neville Lawrence were in Brussels to receive the first European of the Year Award to be given by the international humanitarian group of non-governmental organisations Solidar.

Stephen, an 18-year-old A-level student, was stabbed in an unprovoked attack by a gang of white youths at a bus stop in Eltham, south east London, in April, 1993.

No one has been convicted for the killing but five men have at various times been arrested.


We are still seeking justice, but while we do that we are fighting racism in whatever form it takes

Neville Lawrence

Fighting back tears, Mrs Lawrence said: "His killers are still walking free.

"There has been no justice around Stephen's death.

"The justice that has come out of it is still going on - people are beginning to talk about racism and address the issue."

'Honoured and humbled'

Mr Lawrence said he was "honoured and humbled" to get the award.

"When we started out we had no aim but to find out the truth about Stephen's death and bring the killers to justice," he said.

"We are still seeking justice, but while we do that we are fighting racism in whatever form it takes.

"I know this is going to be a long fight."

A public inquiry into the case chaired by Sir William Macpherson condemned the police investigation for being incompetent and institutionally racist.

'Against all odds'

Glenys Kinnock, who chaired the jury which chose the recipients, said the subsequent report "has had wide-ranging implications for how the police and courts deal with racially motivated crimes."

"Mr and Mrs Lawrence succeeded against all the odds to change the framework of UK legislation," she said.

Stephen Lawrence
Stephen: No one has been convicted for his murder

"Unaccustomed to the ways of civil action, they had to learn what methods were open to them, how to build popular and professional support, and how to deal with the media.

"They also had to find the courage to persist in the face of considerable official resistance.

"In doing so they blazed a trail for others in society whose voice is normally weak."

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