UN urges UK to end xenophobic attacks after Brexit vote
Written by Morenike Adebayo on June 29, 2016
The United Nations raised alarm as a series of racist incidents against minorities and foreigners were reported in the United Kingdom following the country’s decision to leave the European Union.
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said on Tuesday that “racism and xenophobia are unacceptable in any circumstances” around the world. He urges the UK authorities to act to stop these xenophobic attacks and to ensure that all those suspected of racist and anti-foreigner attacks and abuses are prosecuted.
Violence, intimidation and calls of “Go home” directed at minorities from Europeans in England to non-white Britons; have surged since the referendum last Friday.
Following the incidents, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the government will not tolerate intolerance. Also, the newly elected mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said he had placed the city’s police force on high alert for racially motivated attacks.