Tuesday, March 28, 2023

“We’re not animals”

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Racial profiling: Police officers check passers-by who are not suspected of having committed a crime and based on their external characteristics.


Sven ZauggEditor Sunday view

Racism thrives where it is denied.” Doudou Diène’s quote applies particularly to Switzerland. After a visit to Geneva in 2006, the former United Nations special rapporteur on racism and xenophobia stated that the fact that racist ideas were spreading to democratic parties and that racism was being trivialized by politicians was particularly worrying.

Even 17 years later, the criticism has not diminished. On Friday, the UN Human Rights Council urged Switzerland to finally launch a national action plan against racial discrimination and establish a mechanism for collecting complaints against racial profiling by the police.

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