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March 15, 2013

#BästaBeatrice

Complaints of racial profiling put spotlight on Swedish Justice Minister.
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Swedish Minister for Justice Beatrice Ask gives a news conference at the EU headquaters in Brussels, Belgium, 01 December 2009. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

An open-letter response to Sweden's ongoing immigration project, REVA (a Swedish acronym for "Legal and Effective Enforcement Work") has gone viral, prompting a hashtag of the same title, #BästaBeatrice or "Dear Beatrice". The letter follows recent complaints from Swedish subway passengers, who say they were racially profiled during ID checks as part of the REVA policy. In it, author Jonas Hassen Khemiri asks Sweden's Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask to experience Swedish life from a racial minority perspective.

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