In early May, a man arrived at Eindhoven Airport and was taken for an extra check, together with another black man and a black woman with children. All white people around him were allowed to pass unchecked.
Rights International Spain and Plataforma por la Gestión Policial de la Diversidad inform the European Court of Human Rights on the measures that should be taken to eradicate discriminatory police checks.
The initiative, launched by organizations based in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Almeria and Murcia, urges the Spanish government to meet the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent recommendations.
Both groups criticized the widespread use of ethnic or racial profiling by Spain’s law enforcement agents, a discriminatory and illegal practice that disproportionally affects non-white people.
Ethnic profiling isn't just racist, it's bad, counterproductive policing that helps terrorists. The good news: with proper training, security services can target people on the basis of evidence, not colour, and do a better job of keeping us safe.
The European Court of Human Rights has notified the Spanish government that it will consider the case of a young man who was subjected to a police stop-and-search for no other reason than that he is black.
Twenty-five years ago, Rosalind Williams was stopped for being black. At a recent event in Madrid, young activists shared similar stories from today.
RIS has taken part in training sessions for police agents, officials, politicians and civil society on how to analyze stop-and-search data to help combat the use of ethnic profiling.
A young man who suffered a racist stop-and-search has filed suit against the Spanish state for ethnic profiling. The case is now in the hands of judges at the European Court of Human Rights.
Soon after 11 a.m., the court of appeal announced its judgment in the case about the Swedish police's Roma register. Civil Rights Defenders sued the Swedish state for ethnic discrimination, and the case was won by CRD in June 2016.