Police and justice
A police patrol verbally harasses a gay couple, a judge refuses to allow a Muslim woman to enter the courtroom because she is wearing a headscarf, during a routine check, a man targets a police officer with racist insults, …
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.
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