Austria: Victim or suspect - A question of colour: Racial discrimination in the Austrian justice system

Austria: Victim or suspect - A question of colour: Racial discrimination in the Austrian justice system

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Index Number: EUR 13/002/2009
Date Published: 9 April 2009
Categories: Austria

In this report Amnesty International documents cases of racist abuse and ill-treatment by the Austrian police as well as the failure of the broader criminal justice system to treat migrants and members of ethnic minorities as they would the majority population. Incidents of this kind occur neither rarely, nor exclusively as a result of the errant behaviour of a handful of individual officials. Rather, the persistence of such cases points to a structural failure on the part of the Austrian criminal justice system to fulfil its functions in all cases without discrimination.


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