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German police use of 'southerner' category violates constitutional right against discrimination: Scholar


The German police categories "southerner" and "southern appearance" for suspects or criminals violate the basic constitutional right of individuals "not to be racially discriminated against," according to a scholar and researcher specializing in language and migration.

Clara Ervedosa from the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, told Anadolu about the concept of "southerner" in German police reports and how this concept feeds the already existing prejudice against immigrants.

Ervedosa said that the category is used as a form of racial profiling to characterize the appearance of perpetrators.

She continued: "The Southern category basically stigmatizes people as non-white and therefore non-German, regardless of where they were born, where they are originally from and what religion they belong to."

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