FRA addresses Irish police diversity conference

The Irish police force, the Garda Síochána, invited FRA to give a presentation on the experiences of discrimination, harassment and violence of Muslims and people of African descent across the EU.

FRA gave the presentation during the Gardai’s Diversity Officer conference that took place on 23 and 24 October in Athlone.

The conference was attended by around 300 Garda Diversity Officers as a follow-up to the newly-launched Garda Diversity & Integration strategy (2019-2021).

The strategy introduces a working hate crime definition, which recognises the existing and emerging diverse composition of the Irish society and commits to building the Gardai’s human rights capacity.

The strategy complements the Gardai’s internal diversity and inclusion strategy, which is under development. The internal strategy aims at facilitating reporting, recording, investigating, and prosecuting of hate crime and at the introduction of a Pulse record for non-crime hate incidents.