The latest post on the protests from Human Right Watch:
Riot police in Tbilisi fired rubber bullets and used teargas without warning against thousands of nonviolent protesters outside the Georgian Parliament on June 20, 2019.
As a standoff continues between protesters and law enforcement, it is urgent for the authorities to instruct the police to adhere to the rules on use of force under international law. Those rules require the police to use only strictly proportionate force in response to any threat posed by protesters, and to resort to measures such as rubber bullets only as a last resort.
“Riot police can take legitimate measures to prevent the crowd from storming parliament, but they are obligated to abide by human rights standards for the use of force, including rubber bullets and teargas,” said Giorgi Gogia, associate Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “They have not done that in their response to the protesters outside of parliament. As this situation develops, it’s crucially important for the police to adhere to these standards.”
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