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Six NGO’s want France to stop ‘discriminatory’ identity checks

Six organizations, including the foreign Amnesty International, are leading the fight against France's identity checks.

Published: February 1, 2021, 10:06 am

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    They want “satisfactory answers”, the six NGOs, including Amnesty International, maintain. Therefore, they are launching a group action against the state for the first time in order to “put an end to discriminatory identity checks” by the police, Le Figaro reported.

    A four-month formal notice has also been issued, at the end of which, if no response is provided by the state, the six NGOs will take legal action. “The organizations are taking this unprecedented initiative to put an end to discriminatory identity checks, a stigmatizing, humiliating and degrading practice for all the people who are victims in France,” their joint press release stated.

    The six organizations Amnesty International France, Human Rights Watch, Open Society Justice Initiative, the Community House for Solidarity Development (MCDS), Pazapas and Réseau – Égalité, Antidiscrimination, Justice – Interdisciplinaire (REAJI) have one request above all: a Code of Criminal Procedure in order to “explicitly prohibit discrimination during identity checks” in parallel with the creation of an “effective and independent complaints mechanism”.

    Through this procedure, the six non-governmental organizations have targeted Prime Minister Jean Castex, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, and the Minister of Justice Éric Dupond-Moretti, responsible according to them for this “conception of police action”.

    For his part, President Emmanuel Macron had recognized in an interview with the Brut media at the end of the year that “colored” people were “much more controlled”. He added that it was “unbearable” that France has not yet “identified it as a problem factor”. The State had already been condemned in 2016 by the Court of Appeal, for these control checks.

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