European Roma Rights Centre Confronts Racial Profiling Against Roma Families

Recently In Ireland , several Roma children were inaccurately profiled as non-Roma because of their physical features and subsequently taken away from their families by police officers.

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has criticized the racial profiling perpetrated by the police officers who took away these children.  They have clearly shown that the police officer’s actions are not based on facts and evidence, but rather “on perceived difference in physical appearance between parents and children [which] constitutes racial profiling.”

Additionally, the UN Independent Expert on minority issues, Rita Izsák, points out the sensationalist and dangerous nature of the media coverage of this incident: “some authorities and media outlets appear to be working on the basis that the Roma are ‘guilty until proven innocent.”

Click here to view the ERRC’s factsheet detailing the issues which Roma currently face and here for a factsheet  which provides an overview of legal standards concerning racial profiling and child removal.