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Is there evidence or indication that the police force engages in ethnic profiling?

Key Area:
Policing - Law Enforcement - Justice
Racism, Discrimination
19/01/2012 - 13:58
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Qualitative Info

In its third report (2006) ECRI states that has received reports according to which racial profiling is not uncommon within the Slovenian police. The Human Rights Ombudsman has received some complaints in this area.
There is a well-known case from 2002 when two policemen stopped and performed an identity check on a woman wearing a headscarf. The only circumstance differentiating the woman from other persons in the vicinity was her headscarf, indicating that she was an adherent of Islam. The policemen did not give any legitimate reason for their operation. This event lead to the 2006 Constitutional Court decision that annulled the first paragraph of Article 35 of the Police Act which previously allowed identity checks of persons simply based on their appearance which might cause the suspicion they were perpetrators of misdemeanours or criminal offences. The Police Act did not clearly define of the term ‘appearance’ and thus allowed merely skin colour or type of clothing as a sufficient reason for identity checks. The Police Act has then been amended in order to comply with the decision of the Constitutional Court.


Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Asylum seekers, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Africans/black people, National minorities
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, Arabophobia, Anti-roma/zinghanophobia, Religious intolerance, Inter-ethnic, Nationalism, Xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement
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