ECHR rejects an appeal against allowance to use grenades at demonstrations

Summary

The European Court of Human Rights rejected the appeals made to them, for the French security forces not to use grenades against civilians shows double standards.

Disproof

According to the European Court of Human Rights press release from December 18, 2018, on December 14, 2018, the Court received a lawyer's request to order, as soon as possible, provisional measures putting an end to inhuman and degrading treatment and violations of the right to life suffered by participants of the "yellow-vest" protests. The request was to urge France to temporarily ban the use of defence bullet launchers, as well as incapacitating liquids by the police.

The request was made in relation to case Kazoua et al. vs France, registered under number 58803/18, a case alleging French police violence by 5 plaintiffs.

The request was forwarded to a Chamber of the Court, pursuant to Rule 39 of the Rules, which rejected the request for an interim measure concerning the security forces’ use of flash-balls and incapacitating liquids. The Court grants the requests for interim measures only exceptionally, where the applicants would be exposed - in the absence of such measures - to a real risk of irreparable damage.

This means that the ECHR did not rule on the case as such, neither did it in any way anticipate subsequent decisions on the admissibility or merits of the case before it.

See more disinformation cases on yellow vests protests.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 135
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: France
  • Keywords: yellow vests, ECHR
  • Outlet: RT English
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Disproof

On July 29, 2018 The UK Parliament issued a special report presenting evidence of Russian meddling in the referendums in the UK and in Catalonia.

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Disproof

According to the Freedom of the Net 2018 report, "The Estonian e-governance system is one of the most advanced in the world." Also, the Estonian e-voting system has nothing to do with the system used by the Reform Party.

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Disproof

The US State Department issued a detailed rebuttal of Russian allegations of US noncompliance with the INF Treaty in 2018. Moreover, in December 2017 NATO affirmed that the US is in full compliance with the INF Treaty, and that Russia possesses a new missile system that aroused “serious concerns”.

The Congressional Research Service's Report on Russian Compliance with the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, dated 18-January-2019 details, i.a., how the Russian missiles 9M729 are in breach of the obligations of the INF Treaty.