According to a new assessment, the government is in violation of a UN treaty aimed at eradicating racial discrimination.
Minority ethnic groups in England confront persistent inequities in health, criminal justice, education, employment, and immigration, according to research by the Runnymede Foundation.
The authors believe that the government’s new approach to equalities will fail to improve these outcomes “and may even aggravate them,” according to the authors.
The government is also in violation of various sections of the UN International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), according to the research from the race equality think tank.
The government is obligated to make quarterly reports to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which oversees treaty compliance, however owing to the Covid epidemic, it did not do so in April 2020.
The newest report, written by the Runnymede Trust in response to an Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) competition, included testimony from over 100 civil society organizations.
Following England’s defeat in the Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday, the Prime Minister, the Duke of Cambridge, and others have condemned the wave of racist abuse thrown at black football players.
The Runnymede Trust analysis also casts doubt on the findings of the UK’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Differences (Cred), which found earlier this year that the system is no longer “deliberately skewed” against ethnic minorities in the UK.
They claim Creds’ conclusion “misrepresents the scope and complexity of the concerns” and contrasts sharply with the information presented in the current study.
The evidence reveals that racial inequality has gotten worse in several areas since the last shadow report in 2016, according to the report.
It says the government’s Election Integrity Bill, the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, and the new immigration programme all “alarmed” it.
It argues that the government’s immigration policies “violate ICERD” and that the new Immigration Bill poses a “serious threat” to ethnic minorities’ rights.
Disproportionality in the criminal justice system, health inequities, and a spike in hate crime are all issues of worry, according to senior policy officer Alba Kapoor.
“There are very apparent evidence that things are lot worse in certain regions than they were previously, as well as impending legislative choices being put up,” she said.
Dr. Halima Begum, Runnymede Trust chief executive, said progress has been made in each of these areas in terms of the rights of black and minority ethnic populations. She cited the deployment of the Covid-19 vaccine to ethnic minority groups and efforts to address the Windrush crisis as examples.
“But, race has become an unnecessarily polarizing issue in the national debate, and many people of our black and minority ethnic communities continue to face glaring disparities in their life prospects,” she continued.
“From stop and search to gaps in maternal health, lower levels of house ownership to wage and professional prospects, this analysis presents more evidence that a colorblind approach to equality will not be the most effective method to achieve social mobility,” the report says.
Additional suggestions include working with social media platforms to combat online instigation of racial hatred and ensuring adequate reporting and data collection mechanisms for hate crimes.
Following the “tragic events” of the previous week, a Cred spokeswoman said the organization is reiterating its request for the government to deliver its recommendations.
“We stand in solidarity with those black English footballers who have been subjected to horrible racial abuse despite performing admirably for us all,” he stated.
“We know what it’s like to be singled out and harassed online because of your race from our own experiences as commissioners, both before and after our report was published.”
“We have made great progress and, in fact, have gone far beyond our obligations to the ICERD since our previous report in 2015, and we will offer an update in due course,” a government spokesperson said.
“The Runnymede Trust’s shadow report has numerous mistakes, and it is overly simplistic in claiming that structural or systemic racism is to blame for all of the inequities described in the report.”
“We would encourage them to collaborate with the government and seriously study the suggestions in the Commission on Race and Ethnic Differences’ report,” said the group.
The government will respond to these proposals, which will serve as our action plan for addressing inequality.” PA contributed additional reporting.