The police should be there to protect the rights of everyone in our society. In practice, police brutality, excessive violence, over-surveillance, the suppression of rights, and profiling disproportionally affect racialised and marginalised communities. More often than not, these practises meet no accountability from either the individuals involved or the institutions that facilitate them. This leaves marginalised communities overpoliced and underprotected.
We believe that our society needs to acknowledge that this is the manifestation of a structural racial, social, and economic injustice in our societies, and we aim to contribute to pursuing measures that address its root causes.
To make sure our work meets the needs of activists and movements, we are conducting a Europe-wide consultation in the first half of 2022 to identify priorities for developing litigation projects.
We will explore priorities for policing in Europe on 23-24 May with 16 participants from grassroots movements and those directly working with communities. If you would like to join, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can also share your input by filling out this brief survey.
We approach all themes through an intersectional lens, centring how a person’s social or political identity and personal characteristics can combine to create different modes of discrimination, exclusion, and oppression. We will consider issues across both digital and non-digital space.
The input from the roundtables will be combined with input received through the survey, individual conversations, and desk research. We will publish the combined findings and share these back with communities in the fall of 2022.
We will develop our first litigation projects, starting from the priorities and opportunities identified in the consultation in late 2022.