UN rights boss calls on Britain to prevent xenophobic abuse after Brexit vote

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein delivers a speech at the opening of a new Council's session on June 13, 2016.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein delivers a speech at the opening of a new Council's session on June 13, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday (June 28) urged Britain to act to prevent incidents of xenophobic abuse in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union and to prosecute perpetrators.

Mr Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said in a statement he was deeply concerned by reports of abuse targeting minority communities and foreigners in Britain.

"Racism and xenophobia are completely, totally and utterly unacceptable in any circumstances," Mr Zeid said.