Police Check Skin Color

2021-01-27   |   by CusiGO

If it wasn’t for black people walking in Paris’s elegant 17th district at night, they would try to identify the people who eventually beat up surveillance cameras for music producer Michelle zecler? In November last year, during a protest against the French government’s attempt to pass a law restricting the rights of law enforcement officers to take pictures, these cases of police brutality and racism were exposed, which is another common problem in the world – an example of discriminatory control or detention. In response, on Wednesday, six non-governmental organizations launched what they called an “unprecedented” operation: they threatened to take collective legal action if the government did not give a “satisfactory response” within the next four months, indicating that they were really willing to change this “stigmatized” approach. It’s humiliating and degrading for all who suffer. ”

“Despite a lot of research, there is no doubt that, based on physical characteristics related to (an individual’s) actual or presumed origin, and despite many public convictions, identity checks are widespread, Previous governments have only carried out superficial reforms and abandoned the necessary structural reforms, “said the participating organizations: Amnesty International, HRW and open society, as well as MCDs, pazapas and reaji in France. Among other things, NGOs recalled that, in recent years, human rights defenders (the French ombudsman) had denounced such control, which also brought the government to the condemnation of the Supreme Court, which ruled in 2016 that the police had detained several young people of African descent or appearance for their own sake “Skin color, characteristics or clothing”, according to the judgment, is discriminatory and constitutes a “serious violation of state responsibility”.

In view of this, no significant change has taken place and the practice is still being used despite the condemnation at the highest level, NGOs have decided to take collective action. As a first step, according to the law, they issued a formal notice on Wednesday to French Prime Minister Jean castelkes, his interior minister Gerald damanin and justice minister Eric DuPont Moretti. This opens up four months for the questioned to “start discussions” with NGOs. At the end of this period, if the organizations consider that the negotiations have not resulted in “satisfactory measures”, they can take the next step and resort to justice in class action, a measure taken against private companies in the past but never against the state before. NGOs recalled that the judicial modernization act, passed in 2016, allowed judges to “order remedial measures, particularly systemic reform of the executive branch.”.

After the beating of music producer zecler, French President Emmanuel macron admitted in an interview in December that in France, “when your skin color is not white, you get more control.” It also announced consultations with representatives of the police, political and social actors to consider improving law enforcement in the face of increasing allegations of violence and racism in recent months. The interior minister announced on Monday that the meeting would begin next week, with kasteks attending. As government spokesman Gabriel attal recalled to the press on Wednesday, the appointments, which will last until May, seek, among other things, how to restore “ties between the security forces and the people.”. For NGOs, however, this is not enough assurance.

“This issue is well known, recognized and unanimously condemned. “But the state does nothing, or almost nothing,” Antoine Lyon Caen, an NGO lawyer, concluded at a television news conference. Organizations said they were worried that all this “will only lead once again to a shallow lack of measures.”. As a result, they threatened to be brought to justice if the government did not commit itself to further reforms, including, inter Alia, “a clear ban on discrimination in identity checks.”, Through the specific regulations and instructions on the inspection of minors, the “registration and evaluation” system of identity inspection should be established. They also called for the establishment of an “effective and independent” complaints mechanism, the ratification of protocol No. 12 of the European Convention on human rights on non discrimination, and the change of police objectives and training, especially in “interaction with the public”.