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Russia : Police abuses against Roma, migrants and (…) – FIDH


“Roma: everyday victims of police violence

The report submitted to the Committee gives extensive evidence of the specific targeting of Roma people by Russian police, as well as daily abuses to which they are subjected. Negative stereotypes linking Roma origin with criminal behavior remain widespread among law enforcement agents, and intolerance and xenophobic attitudes are common among police. Roma are rendered particularly vulnerable to torture and ill-treatment because of widespread police practices subjecting them to repeated and illegal document checks, arbitrary detention and confinement at police stations. ’Special operations’ – effectively raids on Roma camps, intended to uncover crimes perpetrated specifically by Roma – are regularly conducted, and characterized by discriminatory and degrading treatment. Domestic remedies against these abuses prove difficult to trigger and ineffective in practice, therefore creating a climate of impunity for the law enforcement officers. The report documents instances of habitual beating of Roma men and women in some police stations, sometimes leading to death disguised as suicide. It also highlights cases of illegal detention, mistreatment and gender-specific violence against Roma women.”

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