Police and justice
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The police as perpetrators of discrimination
Police officers are enforcers of the law. Unfortunately, officers themselves are sometimes guilty of discrimination, hate speech or hate crimes. Read more.
The police as victims of discrimination
Just like ordinary citizens, the police can also be the victims of discrimination or hate speech. As representatives of the law enforcement authorities, they are entitled to extra protection in carrying out their duties. Read more.
What does Unia do?
Unia fights discrimination by and against the police by:
- providing advice and assistance to victims of discrimination;
- training police officers on antidiscrimination legislation;
- helping the police zones develop an internal diversity policy.
This letter was drawn up jointly by the Minister of Justice, the Minister of the interior and the board of Procurators General. Its purpose? To improve investigation of discrimination and hate crimes and to strengthen the cooperation between the judiciary, police, Unia and the Institute for the Equality of Women and Men.
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Evaluation of federal anti-discrimination legislation (2017)
Article 52 of the Anti-Discrimination Law states that the application and effectiveness of the anti-discrimination laws must be assessed by the Legislative Chambers. Unia has prepared an assessment report on the Anti-Discrimination Law and the Anti-Racism Law based on its own practical experience, national jurisprudence and its general expertise in the fight against discrimination.
Agreement between the Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities and the federal police: Annual Report 2014
The federal police and the Centre for Equal Opportunities have been working together closely since 1996 in order to bring this ambition to fruition and fully integrate diversity in the existing processes within the police.
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