Skandiabanken has been reported to Swedish Ombudsman against ethnic discrimination for discriminating against Arabic sounding names
When Ahmad Waizy from Lindome tried to complete an international payment transaction on Skandiabankens website, he was unable to complete the payment as the bank rejected his first name.
After ringing the bank, he was told that Skandiabankens online payments system has a bar against names that could be of Muslim origin. Over 4000 people have Ahmad as a first name in Sweden today.
The Ombudsman against ethnic discrimination (DO) has asked Skandiabanken to justify its policy. Skandiabankens head of press Lena Hök told Svenska Dagbladet newspaper that the bank was only following the European Unions sanctions list. This means that certain common Arabic names such as Hussein and Mohammed are affected.
However, Hök said that Skandiabanken welcomed the official report to the Ombudsman as they need a clear directive on the current status.(...more)