Open Society Foundation, a social foundation specialized in the provision of legal support in cases of human rights, has just published a report on discriminatory policing in Spain. Through the testimonies and experiences of the Spanish population and security forces, this report evidences the problem of institutionalized racism found in the Spanish security field.
Spain is a diverse country, but police disproportionately stop and search people based on their racial, ethnic, or religious appearance. Research shows that ethnic profiling has a profound and long-term impact on individuals’ sense of belonging.
In this report, Open Society Justice Initiative and Rights International Spain present the personal stories and portraits of people who deal with this discrimination in their everyday lives. Hear the voices of people who know the pain of being singled out because of who they are—and of police officers who want things to change.
The individuals interviewed challenge fundamental ideas written in the Spanish Constitution that the country advocates for freedom, justice, equality, and political pluralism.
“They stop you because you are black. They stop you, they search you in front of everybody, they humiliate you.” Hear more stories from people in Spain who feel the impacts of ethnic profiling in a new report by @OSFJustice and @ris_org: https://t.co/GFOwljL1gY pic.twitter.com/1hYpL9k3zo
— Open Society Foundations (@OpenSociety) October 21, 2019
Click here to access to the report.
Source: Justice Initiative