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Short Update: BAME people in the UK fined more than white population under coronavirus laws

FairTrialsAdmin - May 26, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, New criminal offences, Rule of Law

Analysis by Liberty Investigates and the Guardian shows that  Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) people received as many as 2,218 of the 13,445 fixed-penalty notices (FPNs) under distancing regulations recorded from 27 March to 11 May, while white people were given around 7,865. Black, Asian and ethnic minority people in England are 54% more likely to be fined under coronavirus rules than white people. This means that police in England issue at least 22% of fines for contravening lockdown to 15.5% of population. 

Regrettably, this is an alarming trend that has surfaced around the world in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, minority and vulnerable groups are being targeted disproportionally by the criminal justice system.  

Read the full story here 

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