comment on the issue. Recently the Ministry replied that they acknowledge the great numbers of discriminatory job ads receive from DACoRD, but the only concrete measure the Ministry wanted to invoke was to include them as examples in a future pamphlet describing the law.
Concerning the three cases that are mentioned by the Minister please be informed that all three of them are of limited interest to CERD. By way of example the “Ramadan” case is about religion and not racial discrimination according to the High Court decision. DACoRD agrees however that “religious” discrimination in Denmark is often also due to ethnic origin (Arabs) but then not only the Ramadan case should be mentioned, but also Court cases on the issue of religious headgear (headscarves, Turban etc.). But maybe more relevant the Government should mention the City Court decision of Copenhagen January, 3, 2006 by which the employer had to pay a fine of D.kr. 3000 for violating the ban on discrimination in the Labour market in a job ad demanding Danish manpower. It seems to be the main problem that the Danish Police will not take action against these discriminatory job ads, but when they do take the cases to Court, the Danish Courts have no problems in sentencing the employers for violating the ban on discrimination in the labour market.24
DACoRD would like to underline the need for a comprehensive registration of discrimination cases in the labour market and that the Ministry for Labour is taking action when it has received information about discrimination taking place openly in the Danish society.
Racist speech/racist crimes (Art. 4)
DACoRD welcomes the data provided by the Danish Government in para. 48 on cases concerning hate speech. Please however be informed about the number of complaints about hate speech during the same period (2004 till 2008), since this has not been reported by the Danish Government. Please observe that the Danish government only reported 24 cases which is a little more than 10% of the cases, since the total numbers of complaints in the same period are 190.
Total190 (complaints to the police about hate speech)
DACoRD is surprised that these figures are not included in the report and even more surprised that the figures from the Danish Police Intelligence Service (PET) relating to possible racist incidents (violence, vandalism, threats and other hate crimes) are not included either. Please find below figures for the period 1992 until 2008.
Figure 1 (PET records 1992-2008)
Number of Incidents
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