The UN established 21 March as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year, the media is in thrall to a pandemic that is ravaging the world and occupying the centre of social interest.
Rights International Spain has submitted a number of contributions to the list of issues to consider before the submission of the Seventh Regular Report to the Human Rights Committee.
A recent report based on personal experiences, denounces how racial profiling is a common police practice in Spain and proposes measures to tackle it.
The new municipal government of Madrid, a coalition between the Popular Party and Ciudadanos with the support of the extreme right party Vox, will abolish the Protocol for Effective Police Identifications (PIPE).
Madrid City Council and the Municipal Police have launched an Effective Police Identifications Programme that aims to improve police stop and search procedures to avoid racial profiling in a diverse society.
According to a UN working group, Spain's efforts to reduce racial profiling have not gone far enough and need to be stepped up to meet UN requirements.
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.
Sometimes we human rights folk get knocked for being so negative about everything that governments do and then not suggesting some sensible alternatives of our own. So here goes.