Peaceful protesters were targeted with lethal force by state agents in violation of international law in protests in 2019.
Several States have derogated from their treaty obligations to respect and protect the right of assembly owing to the COVID-19 Pandemic and many are banning all public gatherings for a period of weeks or months.23.03.20
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expresses deep concern about forcible repression of protest around the world
In her February 2020 address to the Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet expressed deep concern about forcible repression of protest around the world, in particular in Egypt, Guinea, India, Iraq, and Pakistan.13.03.20
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has criticised the use of the military during largely peaceful protests at the end of 2019 in Barranquilla and Bogota, as well as arbitrary raids carried out ahead of these anti-government protests and police use of force “that could border on abuse and/or torture.”28.02.20