Council of Europe: PACE condemns human rights violations during peaceful protests


"The PACE Standing Committee, meeting today in Tallinn, expressed its concern at the frequent use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrators and at the recent legal restrictions on the right to freedom of assembly in several member States, in particular:

- in Turkey, where a security law was enacted, extending police powers and allowing them to use fire arms;

- in Spain, with the adoption of a law on citizen’s security, which institutes heavy fines against organisers of spontaneous protests;

- in the Russian Federation, with an amendment to the law on public gatherings which permits the detention of any person participating in an unauthorised public assembly.

It is also concerned at the lack of legislation on freedom of assembly in some countries, for example Ukraine."


See: PACE condemns human rights violations during peaceful protests (PACE, link)

And: Resolution 2116(2016): Urgent need to prevent human rights violations during peaceful protests (pdf)

 

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