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Is policing reported to be adequate in terms of combating racist violence/hate crime effectively?

Key Area:
Anti-racist Crime Legislation & Implementation
18/01/2012 - 22:32
Short Answer

There are reports showing that policing is not adequate in terms of combating racist violence/hate crime effectively.

Qualitative Info

Kodeks policijske etike [Police Code of Ethics] states that policemen ensure protection and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms. While legitimately interfering with human rights policemen respect human dignity.
However, ECRI noted cases of excessive use of force on the part of the police against members of minority groups, including Roma and noncitizens. In its third report on Slovenia ECRI states that although it has continued to receive reports according to which certain minority groups, and notably Roma, are particularly exposed to police misconduct, including in some cases ill-treatment, ECRI notes that there have been no formal complaints of racism or racial discrimination filed with the police or the Public Prosecutor since its last report. Although no systematic monitoring is carried out of possible racist or racially discriminatory police behaviour, the Slovenian authorities have researched the complaints filed with the police and found that in the very few cases where racism or racial discrimination might be thought to have played a part, the allegations were found to be unsubstantiated.

In 2010, based on the inquiry of the Human Rights Ombudsman the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Slovenia reported that the police examine all criminal offences with elements of xenophobia, racism and other forms of intolerance. This includes all forms of attacks motivated by racism or discrimination – written or oral threats, insults, damaging of property, insulting graffiti, posters, pamphlets and other writings, including those published on the internet or other public media.


Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Asylum seekers, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Persons with disability, Africans/black people, National minorities
Type (R/D) Extremism - organised Racist Violence, Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Anti-semitism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, Arabophobia, Anti-roma/zinghanophobia, Religious intolerance, Inter-ethnic, Intra-ethnic, Nationalism, Homophobia, On grounds of disability, On grounds of other belief, Anti-roma/ romaphobia, Xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement
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