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Podcast: Concerns over ethnic profiling in Sweden

In this podcast, Agneta Broberg, Sweden’s Equality Ombudsperson, outlines the human rights dangers of the police monitoring of thousands of Roma people living in the south of the country.

According to Broberg, police began compiling Roma lists in 2011. This ““racial profiling” eventually contained thousands of names, including children and the deceased.

Broberg, a keynote speaker at yesterday’s European Roma and Travellers (ERTF) conference, says the practice emerged from a police mindset which considers Roma people to be “more criminal than other people.” She also reveals that she would not be surprised if other community groups in the country were under similar surveillance.

The lists were a tool of “mapping and registration,” Broberg declares, designed to give the authorities “control over who is who in Swedish society.”


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