“There is clear evidence that racial profiling is endemic in the strategies and practices used by law enforcement,” said Ricardo Sunga, who currently heads the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, in a news release issued following its official visit to the country. “Arbitrary use of ‘carding’ or street checks disproportionately affects people of African descent,” he added. “We urge the Government to develop and implement an African Canadian justice strategy to address the anti-Black racism and discrimination within the criminal justice system,” Mr. Sunga stated. From 17 to 21 October, a delegation of the Working Group visited Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax and Montreal to gain first-hand knowledge on racial discrimination, Afrophobia, xenophobia, and related intolerance affecting African-Canadians.“In our conversation with African Canadians, we found that Canada’s history of enslavement, racial segregation, and marginalization, has had a deleterious impact on people of African descent which must be addressed in partnership with African Canadian communities,” Mr. Sunga stressed.The delegation, which also included human rights experts Michal Balcerzak and Ahmed Reid, welcomed ongoing efforts by the new administration to revitalize efforts to address racial discrimination faced by people of African descent and to promote human rights, diversity and inclusion in partnership with African Canadian communities and civil society organizations promoting the rights of people African descent.“We welcome, among other measures, the recent establishment of the Anti-Racism Directorate to address systemic racism and promote fair practices and policies across Ontario province,” Mr. Sunga said.The experts also promoted the International Decade for People of African Descent, which runs from 2015 to 2024, and aims both to highlight the contribution of people of African descent to societies and strengthen national, regional and international cooperation to ensure the human rights of people of African descent are respected, protected and fulfilled.The Working Group will present a report containing its findings and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2017.
Defendants from top left: Mohammed Whied, Waleed Ali, Asif Ali, Sageer Hussain, Ishtiaq Khaliq, Basharat Hussain, Masoued Malik and Naeem RafiqCredit:South Yorkshire Police/PA Hussain, 30, of Rotherham, was convicted of four rapes and one indecent assault.Mohammed Whied, 32, of Rotherham, was found guilty of one count of aiding and abetting rape.Ishtiaq Khaliq, 33, of Rotherham, was found guilty of one rape and three indecent assaults.Waleed Ali, 34, of Rotherham, was found guilty of one rape and one indecent assault.Asif Ali, 30, of Rotherham, was convicted of one rape.Masoued Malik, 32, of Rotherham, was found guilty of one rape, one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one of false imprisonment.Basharat Hussain, 40, of Goole, was convicted of one indecent assault.And Naeem Rafiq, 33, of Rotherham, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one of false imprisonment.An official inquiry into exploitation in Rotherham in 2014 by Professor Alexis Jay concluded that at least 1,400 children had been raped, trafficked and attacked between 1997 and 2013 by gangs of largely Asian men, and that the victims were effectively ignored.Speaking after the verdicts last month, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate said: “The verdicts today are of massive importance to the young women who have come forward to report years of horrific sexual abuse at the hands of these criminals.”They had to endure what no child should and have shown remarkable bravery throughout our inquiry.”He said: “I am so grateful to these women, many of whom remain incredibly vulnerable, for offering their support to our investigative team and I am so pleased that their voices have been heard and their abusers have been held to account for their vile crimes.” Michelle Colborne QC, prosecuting, told the jury the girl, now in her late 20s, and her family withdrew the allegations due to threats.But the court was also told that police lost the girl’s clothes without carrying out any forensic analysis.The family tried to get help from social services as well and took the girl out of school before eventually moving abroad.Ms Colborne said the court case was about three victims “who were sexualised and, in some instances, subjected to acts of a degrading and violent nature at the hands of these men”.She said Hussain played a “key role” and was “instrumental in befriending young girls who were flattered that he and his friends spent time with them”. They were then exploited by Hussain, his friends and associates. Eight men have been sentenced for up to 19-years each for sexually exploiting teenage girls in Rotherham.A month-long trial at Sheffield Crown Court heard how the men “sexualised” their victims and, in some instances, subjected them to acts of a “degrading and violent nature”.One girl and her family told police, their MP and the then home secretary David Blunkett about the abuse and eventually moved to Spain to get away from the men.The court heard that this victim had gone to the police in 2003, saying she had been repeatedly raped by Sageer Hussain when she was 13. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. They had to endure what no child should and have shown remarkable bravery throughout our inquiryDetective Chief Inspector Martin Tate on the victims’ bravery