#bestof: ” 24 Heures dans la Peau d’un Autre ” — FR-EN-SW…

4 Jul

A Long Voyage --

We have posted this letter recently in various languages, we shall consolidate all posts related to the subject

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An Open Letter to Beatrice Ask

Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Artwork by Ellen Blom

In 2009, the Swedish government, along with law enforcement and the Swedish Migration Board, implemented Project REVA, a program meant to expedite cases dealing with people who are in Sweden illegally. This program has only recently been implemented in Stockholm, where police have begun to check IDs of anyone who they suspect doesn’t have proper papers. Despite the fact that police are not to ask for ID solely on the basis of appearance, many say they have been questioned because they don’t “look Swedish,” raising concerns that police are practicing racial profiling in an attempt to increase deportations.Not surprisingly, this created an uproar, but when Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask was asked in a radio interview whether…

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