Britain Violating Human Rights Of Innocent African Caribbean Men

Black church, community and civic leaders in Britain are outraged over the British Home Office preservation of genetic profiles of innocent African Caribbean persons, which are currently held on that country’s  national criminal DNA database.

This is in flagrant violation of the European Court on Human Rights, which ruled in December 2008 that the Home Office’s current practice of retaining the genetic profiles of innocent citizens contravenes the Human Rights Act.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the UK Government was acting unlawfully by retaining the DNA profiles, samples and fingerprints of innocent people indefinitely.
The British government’s latest plans to retain the DNA profiles of close to a million people has led to calls from church leaders and minority community groups to see the European Court ruling fully implemented and all innocent profiles removed from the database and destroyed.

Britain’s current methods of policing black communities has led to a racial bias in the database which now contain the profiles of over one third of black men living in the UK even though this group have lower offending rates than their white counterparts.

Currently 77% of young black men aged between 15 and 34 are also on the database and 57% of innocent DNA taken in London alone comes from African Caribbean Communities.

“The way DNA has been collected means that every black family in the UK has a member of their household on the database, this is a very serious issue as this has effectively criminalised a whole community. 

To see that so many of our young men, who have never been convicted of any crime, on a national criminal database is disturbing. It does little for community relations and raises questions as to why this group has been targeted in this way.

Black Church leaders as well as community and civic leaders have condemned this as unacceptable. To see this kind of unethical practice in country that has ratified the Human Rights Act does not bode well,” Matilda MacAttram director of Black Mental Health UK  has said.


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