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Sweden: A register for Roma

The Swedish police drew up illegal lists of Roma. The lists' purely ethnic criteria suggest racist motives.

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The police in the southern Swedish province of Schonen titled the controversial register "Travelers". With more than 4,000 names, it details the exact genealogy of many Roma families in Sweden. Individuals were put on the register without even being under suspicion of breaking the law. After a Swedish newspaper publicized the list's existence, the police force has filed charges against its own members.