Amnesty slams 'racism' of French police

23rd May 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 23, 2006 (AFP) - The human rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday accused French police of acts of brutality and murder against ethnic minorities.

PARIS, May 23, 2006 (AFP) - The human rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday accused French police of acts of brutality and murder against ethnic minorities.

"Ill treatment and racist murders attributable to the (French) police over the last 10 years are not isolated cases," according to the organisation's 2006 world report.

"The suspected perpetrators of these acts are not always made to account for them in court," said Geneviève Sevrin, president of Amnesty France.

"The racism of police officers and other state officials is aimed at persons of the Muslim faith or of ethnic minorities," Amnesty said.

The organisation also criticised a 2005 terrorism law which it said "authorises longer periods of secret detention and thus eliminates guarantees against the use of torture and ill-treatment and reinforces the impunity of the forces of law and order".

Amnesty also attacked the country's decision to place Albania and Georgia on the 'safe' list of countries whose nationals do not qualify for asylum.

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