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Amnesty report decries French laxity on police brutality

Video by FRANCE 2 , Christopher MOORE

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-04-02

Human rights watchdog group Amnesty International published a report on Thursday denouncing the lack of disciplinary measures France has taken against certain members of its police force who have committed human rights violations.

Human rights watchdog group Amnesty International published a report on Thursday denouncing the lack of disciplinary measures France has taken against certain members of its police force.

 

According to the organisation, certain police officers commit serious human rights violations that have gone unpunished. They have demanded that the French authorities create an “independent investigatory body.”

 

Ministers of the interior ministry and the justice ministry have rebuffed Amnesty’s accusations.

 

The report, entitled “France – police above the law” contains complaints that French police have been guilty of illegal homicide, tobacco trafficking, racist insults, and the abusive use of force, for which “the responsible parties are rarely brought to justice.”

 

Amnesty pressed a dozen cases, demanding transparence regarding their statistics.

 

The watchdog highlighted the case of Abdelhakim Ajimi, who died on May 9, 2008 of asphyxiation after having been knocked to the ground by police at the time of his arrest. The responsible parties were not charged.

 

Amnesty also criticised French authorities of having “very slow” penal procedures, often marked by “the lost or disappearance of files or proof.”
 

Date created : 2009-04-02

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