England is “systematically racist” and the British government is violating its human rights obligations under a key United Nations treaty to end racial discrimination, a report warned.
In its report, the racial equality think tank The Runnymede Trust, whose chief executive Halima Begum previously referred to Boris Johnson as a “Bullingdon Club kid,” said institutional practices and customs continue to harm the groups. ethnic.
Research conducted by the think tank also found the The government violates many articles of the United Nations International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).
The latest report, which was produced by the think tank following a call for tenders by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), was written with evidence of over 100 civil society groups.
In its report, the racial equality think tank The Runnymede Trust, whose chief executive Halima Begum (pictured) once called Boris Johnson a ‘Bullingdon Club kid’, said the UK government was violating its obligations in human rights.
Its publication comes as the Prime Minister, The Duke of Cambridge and others condemn the wave of racist abuse against black football players following England’s loss in the Euro 2020 final to the Italy Sunday.
The report says ethnic minority groups face persistent disparities in health, the criminal justice system, education, employment, immigration and politics.
The authors write that they believe the government’s new approach to equality will fail to improve these results “and may in fact make them worse.”
And they question the findings of the UK Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities (Cred) earlier this year, which concluded that the system is no longer “deliberately rigged” against ethnic minorities in Britain.
They argue that Cred’s conclusion “distorts the scale and complexity of the issues” and contrasts sharply with the evidence received for the current report.
This evidence suggests that racial inequalities have worsened in some areas since the publication of the last shadow report in 2016, according to the report.
He says he is “particularly alarmed” by the government’s electoral integrity bill, the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill and the new immigration plan.
He believes that the government’s immigration measures “constitute a flagrant violation of ICERD” and that the new immigration bill could pose a “significant threat” to the rights of ethnic minorities.
They also claim that the government failed to act on several recommendations made by ICERD in 2016, such as providing protection to victims of double or multiple discrimination and making caste an aspect of race under the law.
Senior Policy Officer Alba Kapoor said areas of concern include disproportion in the criminal justice system, health inequalities and an increase in hate crimes.
She said: “There are very clear signs that things are much worse in some areas than before, and the upcoming legislative choices that are being proposed also have real implications in each of these areas in terms of black rights. and ethnic minority groups. ‘
The report’s release comes as the Prime Minister, The Duke of Cambridge and others condemn wave of racist abuse against black football players after England defeat in Euro 2020 final
Ms Kapoor said it was “extremely important” that some UN recommendations were not acted upon as health was identified as a concern.
She added: “Particularly around health inequalities, from the fact that they weren’t listened to five years ago, we are now seeing the very real implications of this in the devastating death rates for black and minority ethnic groups. during this crisis. “
Meanwhile, Runnymede Trust chief executive Dr Halima Begum, who in 2019 called the prime minister a ‘Bullingdon Club kid’, said progress had been made, citing the deployment of the Covid-19 vaccine to ethnic minority groups and efforts to combat the Windrush scandal.
She continued, “But race has become an unnecessarily sensitive issue in national discourse, and many members of our black and minority ethnic communities continue to experience disproportionate results in their chances of living.
“From arrest and research to inequalities in maternal health, from lower levels of home ownership to constraints on wages and professional opportunities, this report provides further evidence that taking a colorblind approach to equality will not be the most efficient way to achieve social mobility. “
The report calls on the government to ensure that its laws and policies fully comply with the ICERD definition of discrimination and to urgently implement a strategy to advance racial equality.
Other recommendations include working with social media platforms to address racial incitement to online hatred and putting in place effective systems to report hate crimes and record data.
Lord Simon Woolley, former government adviser on race and director of Operation Black Vote, said: “The divisive and dishonest Sewell report on racial inequalities represents the greatest lost opportunity to effectively tackle systemic racism in the Kingdom -United.
“This shadow report, in contrast, offers a number of strategic recommendations which together present a comprehensive race equality strategy that is essential and fit for the 21st century. “
A spokesperson for Cred said he reaffirmed his call on the government to present its recommendations following the “tragic events” of last week.
He said: “We stand in solidarity with these black English footballers who have been subjected to vile racist abuse after making us all proud.
“We know from our own experiences as Commissioners before and after our report was released what it is like to be singled out and abused online because of your race. There must be no safe space for racists.
A government spokesperson said it would provide a response to Cred’s recommendations that will form its action plan to tackle inequalities, adding: “We have made significant progress and in fact, we have gone far beyond- beyond our commitments to ICERD since our last report in 2015 and will provide a timely update.
“The Runnymede Trust shadow report contains many errors and is overly simplistic in saying that structural or systemic racism is at the root of all of the disparities described in their report. “