Anti-discrimination brigade launched on Facebook

The & quot; BADI & quot; is a Facebook page intended to collect the testimonies of victims of discrimination and to direct them to the competent interlocutors.


The "BADI" is a Facebook page intended to collect the testimonies of victims of discrimination and to direct them to the competent interlocutors.

A platform on Facebook called "anti-discrimination squad" was launched Monday by the Secretary of State for Gender Equality Marlene Schiappa and the Minister in charge of the City and Housing Julien Denormandie at the Paris headquarters of the social network.

"A facilitator of contacting." The "BADI" is a Facebook page intended to collect the testimonies of victims of discrimination and to direct them to the relevant interlocutors: associations, Defender of rights or police stations for filing a complaint. "It is a warning system, a facilitator of contact with associations and existing legal devices," said Marlene Schiappa, who said that the idea had emerged during the televised debate co-hosted by the secretary of State and Cyril Hanouna on January 26th.

Victims who post their message on the page will receive a detailed response from the Interministerial Delegation to Combat Racism, Anti-Semitism and LGBT Hate (Dilcrah). "A dozen highly competent employees will provide detailed answers, they are not robots," said inter-ministerial delegate Frédéric Potier.

"If more means are needed, we will put them on." "This is a beta version, a test version to which we will make the necessary corrections as and when," said Marlene Schiappa. "If more resources are needed, we will put them on," adds Julien Denormandie, who states that "2.5 million of the Ministry of Housing already fund players in the fight against discrimination as part of the City's policy ".

Several associations including SOS racism, SOS homophobia, Femmes solidaires participate in the platform, according to Marlène Schiappa. The choice of Facebook responds to a desire to "play down the institutional contact", according to her. Messages can be private or public. The data will be kept "in the same way as for all Facebook pages, there is no specific retention," said Anton Battesti, public affairs manager of the social network.

The associations welcome the initiative. Several associations, such as "Les Maisons des Potes" or "SOS Homophobie" have welcomed the announcement while calling for a real brigade of police and magistrates specialized in the fight against discrimination. "For the Houses of the Potes, it would deploy a brigade of judicial police officers in each SRPJ in France and a magistrate specialized in each court of appeal," said the association in a statement Monday. "SOS Homophobia" wants "referents are in place in the police stations, where victims of discrimination give up surrender for fear of being badly received".

REF: https://www.europe1.fr/societe/une-brigade-anti-discrimination-lancee-sur-facebook-3892148