The head of human rights of the UN denounced this Thursday a law passed in the british parliament that limits fundamental rights improperly and that seems to be destined to repress peaceful actions of individuals or groups who protest human rights or environmental issues.
“It is very alarming because this legislation is inconsistent with the UK’s international human rights obligations in terms of freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association”, lamented the UN high commissioner for human rights, Volker Turk.
According to his analysis, this new law imposes severe and unnecessary restrictions because the police already have the powers that allow them to act in cases of violent protests.
Among the most worrying points is that the police can stop and frisking anyone, even if there is no suspicion. Furthermore, some of the violations described give rise to broad interpretations, while being considered “disproportionate” criminal sanctions against those who organize or participate in protests, he explained.
Türk warned in particular about provisions included in the law and that allow British courts to prohibit affected people from being in certain places at certain times, with certain people, from using the internet in certain ways and from even being monitored with electronic devices to make sure they comply.
“It is serious that this can be done against people who have never been convicted of any crime,” said the high commissioner, who recalled that these supposedly preventive measures limit the future exercise of rights that are legitimates.
(With information from EFE)
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