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Is there a legal definition / sanctioning of ethnic profiling?

Key Area:
Policing - Law Enforcement - Justice
14/01/2012 - 02:07
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 Although there is comprehensive data protection legislation in place prohibiting the collection and processing of personal data including race and ethnic origin, none of these instruments prohibit racial profiling. The legislative framework on data protection has not affected the practice of racial profiling, which is largely based on the physical characteristics of the victim, rather than on data maintained on file. An equality body report on a police operation carried out on 25.09.2009 at dawn to hunt down irregular migrant workers recommended that racial profiling be clearly defined and prohibited by law and the police should reinforce measures against this practice by issuing clear guidelines.

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Asylum seekers
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement
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