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Guide to Bridge Understanding Among Roma and Police

A new guide is just off the press in an effort to weed out stereotypical beliefs held by both Roma and police. The guide is intended to ease communication among the two groups in their encounters.

The booklet reviews citizens' rights and responsibilities, explains the mandate of police authorities, and highlights aspects of Roma culture.

The guide is the product of collaboration among the Ministry of the Interior, the National Board of Education, and members of the Roma community. The booklet also aims to prepare citizens for changes to be brought on by new equality legislation.

The Finnish constitution guarantees the 10,000 Roma that call Finland home national minority status. However, many Roma feel they are not always given fair treatment, for example in police raids.

The guide for instance states that a car belonging to a Roma is typically searched closer, and more frequently, in comparison to the population at large.

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