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UN rights expert raises concern over racial discrimination in UK

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on racism E Tendayi Achiume [official profile] on Friday commended [press release] the UK government for its policies aimed at preventing racism but urged further action to end discrimination.

In the full report [text], Tendayi Achiume recognized widespread structural discrimination faced by ethic minorities, ranging from access to education to disproportionate law enforcement. The report calls for a unified policy across the UK that lays out a strategy to eliminate these disparities, while including the community in decision making efforts.

Tendayi Achiume highlighted some preventive efforts by the UK government, such as commending Prime Minister Theresa May [official profile], who commissioned the Racial Disparity Audit [text, PDF] in August 2016.

The report further stated that British laws and policies prohibiting direct and indirect forms of racial discrimination are a "firm basis for tackling structural and institutional racism."

The Special Rapporteur will present the conclusion of her report at the upcoming session of the Human Rights Council.

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