Amsterdam to combat discrimination in clubs

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‘Mystery guests’ of different ethnic backgrounds will attempt to enter various clubs in Amsterdam to check if club doormen are guilty of discrimination.

Amsterdam – The public prosecutor's office in Amsterdam is planning to use “mystery guests” to check if club doormen are guilty of discrimination.

As of December, these guests in disguise will attempt to gain entry to a number of clubs in Amsterdam. They will record how often people are refused entry because of their ethnicity and ascertain if certain clubs discriminate on a regular basis.

The clubs will not be handed fines on the spot.

The introduction of “mystery guest” is just one measure the city is introducing to combat discrimination, said a city council spokesman. 

In an attempt to make it easier for people to reports incidents of being discriminated, the council will also launch a trial allowing complaints to be made via mobile phones’ text messages.

Since 2006 Amsterdam has had a Door Policy Panel where people can lodge complaints about doormen and bouncers via internet. However, only an average of 35 complaints have been received per year.

As part of its campaign to reduce discrimination against homosexuals, Amsterdam will be competing to organise the 2017 Gay Games or the 2018 World Outgames.

There will also be a campaign to combat discrimination in the workplace.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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