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  • Watch Police assaults and document
  • mobilize public when police abuses to human rights violations lead (or have done) and appeal to managers to stop human rights violations immediately
  • Enlightenment in police brutality by independent institutions and prosecution of police offenders call
  • on the establishment of independent monitoring institutions for police work pushing
  • promote a consistent, continuous human rights education in the training of Polizist_innen

dependency is our voluntary group on the Use of supporters to and members.


wird Amnesty International die Einzelfallrecherche zum Thema Polizeigewalt in Deutschland einstellen und nur noch als Monitoring fortführen. Wir können euch daher keine persönliche Beratung mehr anbieten und müssen euch leider an andere Institutionen verweisen!

Nichts­des­to­trotz würde es uns sehr freuen, wenn ihr uns weiter eure Fälle von mutmaßlicher Polizeigewalt in Deutschland meldet und wir diese in unsere Falldatenbank aufnehmen können. Denn ein Monitoring in dieser Frage ist für unsere politische Arbeit zum Thema “Polizeigewalt in Deutschland” unabdingbar.

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Racial Profiling

What is Racial Profiling?

Amnesty International defines racial profiling as the targeting of individuals and groups by law enforcement officials, even partially, on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion, except where there is trustworthy information, relevant to the locality and timeframe, that links persons belonging to one of the aforementioned groups to an identified criminal incident or scheme.

A breach of international law

Racial / ethnic profiling violates Art. 1 of the Anti-Racism Convention (ICERD) and of Art. 2 and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Both forbid that people are treated differently on grounds of race and States Parties undertake to actively counteract any form of racism.
Racial / ethnic profiling is also a breach of the prohibition of discrimination, that the human right to be no discrimination on racial grounds or on the basis of the supposed origin or religion. This human right in Art. 2 and 26 of the UN ICCPR, enshrined in Art. 14 of the ECHR, not least in Art. 3 para. 3 of the Basic Law. The exercise of police powers based on the mentioned attributions and without attachment to a concrete suspicion is always contrary to human rights.

A discriminatory practice

Police statistics show that the practice of racial / ethnic profiling hardly provides search results. It always makes racial discrimination an attack on the foundation of human rights: the equal dignity of all people. Racial / ethnic profiling reinforces existing social and individual stereotypes and prejudices. For all concerned, a then-based control in public is a degrading experience - many people experience it regularly.