UN Human rights expert visits UK to ‘assess racism post Brexit’
The UK is undergoing a visit by a top UN human rights expert to assess racism in the country post Brexit.
The trip, which sets out to ‘assess what impact Brexit has had on racial equality in the country,’ began on April 30, ending on May 11.
Tendayi Achiume, who is a ‘world leader’ in racial issues, said: “My mission across the country, including stops in London and Belfast, will focus on explicit incidents of racism and related intolerance, as well as attention to structural forms of discrimination and exclusion that may have been exacerbated by Brexit,” she said.
“Xenophobic discrimination and intolerance aimed at refugees, migrants and even British racial, religious and ethnic minorities will also be an important focus.”
The Special Rapporteur said she would look at discrimination in the administration of justice and policing, counter-terrorism, and obstacles to full enjoyment of economic, social and political rights. She said she would also examine the status of extreme right-wing political parties, and the impact of racist and xenophobic hate speech – including such expressions by political leaders – on racial equality in the country.
“I hope that my consultations will include substantive input from women, young people, faith leaders, sexually and gender diverse populations, as well as refugees, migrants (including those with irregular status), people behind bars, those with disabilities, and others whose experiences with racial and ethnic discrimination require urgent attention,” she added.