ISD Germany: “Racial/Ethnic Profiling” Hearing at the Appeals Court (OVG) Rheinland Pfalz in Koblenz, German
Initiative Black Persons in Germany (ISD)
“Racial/Ethnic Profiling” Hearing on October 29, 2012 at the Appeals Court (OVG) Rheinland Pfalz in Koblenz, Germany
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
This is to inform you that on Monday, 10-29-2012, at 1:30 p.m., the Hearing regarding racial/ethnic profiling of travelers on trains will be held. Such police controls are allegedly only conducted on certain routes, according to the Police Department. During the Court Hearing (VG) in Koblenz, in February 2012, the topic found increased media coverage.
Attorney Sven Adam filed an appeal and the OVG approved to hear the case on May 8, 2012, stating that the initial court decision had constitutional human rights implications.
Case synopsis: In December 2012, a 26 year-old Black German, passenger on the regional train from Kassel to Frankfurt/Main, Germany, was searched by two policemen. This was not the first experience for the young man and he resisted the search as he felt it was racially motivated. He later filed a complaint for police harassment.
The Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland (ISD) (Initiative Black Persons in Germany) and the Büro zur Umsetzung von Gleichbehandlung e.V. (BUG) (Equal Rights Office) support the petitioner in this legal action to uphold his human rights. At the Hearing on 10-29-2012, at the OVG in Koblenz, we have persons with similar experiences available for interviews.
Background information, documentation, and position papers for this case are available on Attorney Sven Adam’s website:
www.anwaltskanzlei-adam.de/index.php?vg-koblenz and at the BUG website: www.bug-ev.org/themen/schwerpunkte/dossiers/ethnicprofiling.html and www.bug-ev.org/aktivitaeten/aktuelle-klagen/diskriminierende-polizeikont....
Contacts for the Hearing are:
Hadija Haruna (ISD): 0179 47 03 876
Vera Egenberger (BUG): 015 77 522 17 83
Vorankündigung: Hauptverhandlung wegen "Racial Profiling" vor dem OVG Koblenz am 29.10.2012 http://thevoiceforum.org/node/2853
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