UK statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism at the 53rd UN Human Rights Council.

Simon Manley CMG

We thank the Special Rapporteur for her inaugural report.

The UK is proud of its diversity and has made significant progress towards shaping an inclusive, tolerant nation. We recognise the importance of continued action to address negative ethnic and racial disparities.

Our ambitious Inclusive Britain action plan supports this work through measures that will boost trust and promote fairness, advance equality of opportunity, and foster a greater sense of belonging.

As we take this important work forward, it is right that we reflect on our national journey. From a past era of empire and colonialism to one of immense pride in a diverse, modern society which is reflected in all sectors and professions across the UK. Recognising that the appalling atrocity of slavery marks our history, we continue to express our deep regret that it could ever have happened and importantly play a role to prevent and curb such atrocities around the world.

We believe the best way to deal with the cruelty of the past is to make sure that present and future generations can learn from it. We are committed to eradicating the scourge of racism and creating a fairer society today for all.

Special Rapporteur,

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Published 10 July 2023