Monday, November 22, 2010

Letter from Council of Europe Paliamentary Assembly Member on Excessive use of force against Belgian Demonstrators

Parliamentary Assembly Assemblee parlementaire
Council of Europe * Counseil de L'Europe

Doc. 12433
5 November 2010

Excessive use of force against Belgian demonstrators

Written question no 590 to the Committee of Ministers
presented by Mr Lindblad

According to the Human Rights League and Amnesty International, among others, the Belgian police used excessive  force  and  illegal  methods  against  peaceful  demonstrators  representing  the  No  Border  Camp movement on their way to an authorised demonstration on 1 October 2010. Reportedly, at least 500 mostly ‘preventive’ arrests took place, and 14 people were seriously injured.
Whereas the alleged vandalism that some members of the No Border Camp movement had used against the offices  of  Frontex,  IOM  and  a  number  of  police  precincts  on  previous  days  is  to  be  condemned, there  is serious reason for concern for the curtailment of the right to assembly and the right to free speech as well as for  the  violence  that  the  Belgian  law  enforcement  authorities  allegedly  resorted  to  against  peaceful demonstrators.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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