Coordinated by The Runnymede Trust, over 100 civil society organisations and NGOs warned the Government’s plans to tackle racism risk breaking international human rights laws. The report was paid for by the taxpayer-funded Equality and Human Rights Commission and attacked the findings from the UK’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, published by Tony Sewell in April. In April, Dr Sewell claimed Britain was no longer rigged against ethnic minorities.
However, the trust dismissed its finding and claimed it had been a script “written for 10 Downing street” while chief executive Dr Halima Begum previously labelled the Prime Minister a “brat”, The Times reported.
In its attack against Britain, the trust claimed the Government was in a breach of an international treaty known as the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).
Amid the racist comments made towards England’s footballers following the Euro 2020 final loss to Italy, the trust claimed the current approach to tackling racism will worsen the situation across the country.
The Runnymede Trust pointed to the Electoral Integrity Bill which it claims will marginalise minorities in its pursuit to introduce voter identification.
They also claimed the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill has profound implications for ethnic minorities as they are “more likely to be sentenced for knife or weapon offences”.
In his report earlier this year, Dr Sewell wrote: “Put simply we no longer see a Britain where the system is deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities.
“The impediments and disparities do exist, they are varied, and ironically very few of them are directly to do with racism.
“Too often ‘racism’ is the catch-all explanation, and can be simply implicitly accepted rather than explicitly examined.”
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Ms Begum took over the trust last September and had applied to stand as a candidate for Labour in Poplar & Limehouse in the 2019 general election.
She did not make the selection shortlist but campaigned for Labour.
A Government spokesperson said: “The Runnymede Trust’s shadow report contains many errors and is too simplistic in saying that structural or systemic racism is driving all the disparities outlined in their report.
“We would urge them to work with the Government and carefully consider the recommendations in the Sewell report.
“The Government will be providing a response to these recommendations which will act as our action plan for tackling inequality.”
The comments from the trust come after Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho were racially abused following the penalty shootout loss on Sunday.
The Government has insisted it will work to tackle online abuse across social media.
On Tuesday, Boris Johnson met with representatives from social media firms to urge them to take tougher action against those from the “dark space of the Internet”.
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