UN human rights expert to assess Brexit impact on racial equality in UK

Source: Xinhua| 2018-04-27 01:58:37|Editor: yan
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GENEVA, April 26 (Xinhua) -- The UN special rapporteur on racism Tendayi Achiume on Thursday said she will conduct an official visit to Britain next month to study the impact of Brexit on racial equality in the country.

The 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.

Achiume 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.

"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," she added.

Achiume will submit a full report of her visit to the June 2019 session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.