After spending less time in the UK than most Americans on vacation Tendayi Achiume, the UN’s inspector on racism, sparked fury after she definitively concluded Britain’s decision to leave the EU has made the UK “more vulnerable to racial discrimination and intolerance”.
The 36-year-old took a swipe at Britons after spending a fortnight with victims of race hate crimes in the UK, and concluding her brief trip by bashing Brexit.
She said: “I think the environment leading up to the referendum, during the referendum and after the referendum has made racial ethnicities more vulnerable to racial discrimination and intolerance.”
However British MPs of all parties ridiculed Ms Achiume’s claims and the whole bizarre UN enterprise, branding them ‘complete rubbish’ and ‘not worth the paper they are written on’.
Labour MP John Mann, chairman of the all party campaign group on anti-Semitism, went further and accused her of ‘quite extraordinary buffoonery.’
He said: “This is an ignorant and foolish claim which has literally no basis in fact. Quite extraordinary buffoonery.”
The Californian Ms Achiume also called on Parliament to revoke aspects of the 2014 and 2016 Immigration Act.
She said: “The hostile environment will remain in place for as long as the legal and policy frameworks rooted in 2014 and 2016 Immigration Acts remain in place.
“The UK has much to do in the arena of addressing structural and institutional forms of racial discrimination and inequality.”
She also said the future for young black boys in Britain “remains grim and has actually worsened”.
She added: “The structural socioeconomic exclusion of racial and ethnic minority communities in the United Kingdom is striking.
“The harsh reality is that race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability status and related categories all continue to determine the life chances and well-being of people in Britain in ways that are unacceptable and in many cases unlawful.
“Austerity measures have been disproportionately detrimental to racial and ethnic minority communities. Unsurprisingly, austerity has had especially pronounced intersectional consequences, making women of colour the worst affected.”
The UN inspector will score Britain on how different ethnicities have been treated across public services in findings she will present to the UN in a special report in June.
Tendayi Achiume was appointed rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance last November.
She previously published a paper called ‘Syria, Cost-Sharing and the Responsibility to Protect Refugees’ in 2015 and in 2014 another called ‘Beyond Prejudice: Structural Xenophobic Discrimination Against Refugees’.