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UN visit to Liverpool

A UN Mission has been in Liverpool to research the lives of people of African descent.

It is part of a week long visit to the UK, but Liverpool is the only city outside of London that they are visiting.

The United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent is gathering first-hand information on the situation of people of African descent in the country.

It included a discussions with council, police and voluntary and community sector partners.

They also visited Windsor Community Primary School in Toxteth, attended a community meeting at the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, Princes Road and went to the International Slavery Museum at the Albert Dock.

it was the first visit to the United Kingdom by an independent expert group appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor the rights of people of African descent. The Working Group have come to the UK at the invitation of the Government.

“The visit will explore both good practices and challenges faced in realising the rights of people of African descent in the UK” said Ms. Verene Shepherd who currently heads the five group of independent experts.

“Issues explored will include access to education, health, employment, political participation, people of African descent’s experiences of the justice system including racial profiling and the role of the media among others.

“I am delighted to have this chance to visit a vibrant and richly multicultural country. I hope this visit will help to give visibility to the concerns of people of African descent in the UK.”

A country wide report will be published in due course which will contain findings and recommendations by the mission.