We keep hearing of instances where members of certain communities receive treatment by the police that they find inappropriate and unfair. It is clear that there is a lot of truth in that. Stop and Search is one example, but there are others. This blog, by QCEA, shows some of the issues but also some of the ways in which this could be tackled. I found the statistics comparing populations and their representation in the police interesting, but also the idea of police officers talking to school children about human rights. What a creative idea.
In January QCEA attended the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), as an organisation accredited to the International NGO forum of the Council of Europe. As described in our blog, the Council of Europe is a 47-member-state institution that aims to promote and facilitate human rights, democracy, and the Rule of Law. Its assembly of 318 national parliamentarians passes non-binding recommendations, to which the 47 governments collectively respond through the Committee of Ministers.
One of last month’s PACE Assembly resolutions called for Member States to implement measures to address racism in the police. These measures included action to ensure police services recruit officers from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and interact with…
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