Posts Tagged: ethnic profiling

Musta Barbaari’s mother and sister charged by the police in “ethnic profiling” case

Singer Musta Barbaari’s mother and sister are going to be charged for resistance to cooperate with law enforcement officials and insubordination, according to YLE.  In a highly publicized case in social media last year, Musta Barbaari, whose real name is James Nikander, wrote that his mother and sister were stopped by plainclothes police officials in downtown Helsinki who asked them to show their passport.   

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A Helsinki bus driver who publishes video tapes of Somali clients he’s insulted

What would you say if a bus driver, who only video tapes Somalis, starts calling them liars and forces them off the bus even after one of them said she was ready to pay for the bus fare? Ethnic profiling? Racist? All of the above?

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A tragic weekend that encourages us to challenge social ills like racism, bigotry and inequality in Finland, Europe and globally

Over the weekend a lot of things happened: The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) hosted a seminar in Helsinki on anti-migration racism Saturday that was overshadowed by a closed Finnish police Facebook page with racist comments, a comprehensive story on ethnic profiling in Finland, and another terrorist attack in London that left seven killed and 48 injured.

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Defining white Finnish privilege #32: The white Finnish police service and “them”

If there is an institution that is the epitome of white Finnish privilege that is doing everything possible to hinder cultural and ethnic diversity among its ranks, that institution is the Finnish police service.

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Ethnic profiling in the EU is illegal and discriminatory

Please share:  #EthnicProfiling is unfair & discriminatory. @EU_Justice we need EU standards on #FairPolicing #SingledOut  When police use ethnicity as a basis for a stop & search it is #discrimination. EU member states must stop #EthnicProfiling #SingledOut  #EthnicProfiling can damage trust & alienate local communities. EU must develop standards on #FairPolicing @EU_Justice #SingledOut  39% of

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Finnish government party Perussuomalaiset MEP claims ethnic profiling needed to fight terrorism

Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MEP Jussi Halla-aho, who hungers for public attention, tries to surprise us with the following suggestion: The police should be allowed to ethnically profile Middle Easterners, North African and Central Asian people irrespective if it is in infringement of these people’s fundamental rights and human rights.

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Perussuomalaiset MP Leena Meri: Hiding coded bigotted statements as jokes

One matter is what happened on Friday to singer Musta Barbaari’s mother and sister when they were stopped by plainclothes police Friday, the other is a bigotted comment by an anti-immigration politician and former police officer concerning the alleged ethnic profiling case. The MP, who is a member of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party, Leena Meri, said that if the singer doesn’t like living in Finland he’s welcome to go back to where he came from.

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When will the Finnish police service stop denying that ethnic profiling isn’t an issue?

The Finnish police service acts as if it has never heard of ethnic profiling. Even if ethnic profiling cases by the police are rarely brought to the attention of the media, there was one case made public Friday by singer Musta Barbaari, whose mother and sister were – according to a Facebook posting – treated in “a rude manner” and were “humiliated publicly” by the police.

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