Taiwan: drop criminal charges against protesters

Amnesty International (AI) on Feb. 10 urged the Taiwanese authorities to "drop criminal charges against people solely for participating in or organizing peaceful demonstrations…after more than 100 people were charged for protesting during the so called "Sunflower Movement." AI claims that while the students and activists involved in the movement are being charged, the "police and politicians who may have carried out human rights abuses … get away without any…investigation." They assert that it is a fundamental right to be able to demonstrate peacefully, and that "the peaceful intention of organizers…must be presumed unless there is compelling…evidence that [they] intend to use, advocate or incite imminent violence." According to AI, these actions on behalf of the authorities, in line with the Parade and Assembly Act , are in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (PDF), formally adopted by Taiwan in 2009.

From Jurist, Feb. 10. Used with permission.

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