On social networks, some activists opposed to health measures announced their intention to join, as of Friday, the torchlight march organized by Amnesty International Luxembourg in the capital. Before other gatherings scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
Solicited by The essential, the organization took a stand on their presence, a few days after the excesses on the sidelines of the demonstration last Saturday. By setting its rules.
“As an organization for the defense of human rights, we defend the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly”, underlines its director Olivier Pirot. “It therefore seems legitimate to us that Covid-19 measures can be publicly available, including during rallies in the streets”.
“Our position is clear”
However, the organization notes that “wherever this right is exercised, there is a very strong heterogeneity of speeches and certain participants selected speeches and ideologies which stigmatize, exclude and are in complete contradiction with human rights”.
“Amnesty International’s position on Covid-19 measures is clear”, continues Olivier Pirot: “Governments have an obligation to take effective measures to protect, combat and contain pandemics in order to guarantee everyone the right to health”.
“Containment measures are sometimes necessary and may temporarily contain certain freedoms. Several international instruments allow these temporary restrictions provided that they have a legal basis, that they follow a legitimate aim, that they are necessary and that they are proportionate ”.
The organization recalls that it intends, during its torchlight march, to “highlight the people and groups for whom we are mobilizing within the framework of the“ Write for Rights ”campaign.
“We are preparing the messages and signs that will be used and that serve our purpose of supporting serious cases of human rights violations of individuals and groups that we support as part of the Write for Rights campaign. We don’t want this message to be scrambled ”.
Olivier Pirot assures us that the organization will ensure “the security conditions (…) which implies the wearing of a mask and physical distancing, but also a peaceful expression (…), he ends.
(The essential / Nicolas Martin)
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