© Benjamin Girette
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The authorities disproportionately restricted the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. Thousands of protesters suffered injuries at the hands of police or were arrested and prosecuted on flimsy grounds or offences that are protected under human rights law and standards.

Human rights observers, independent journalists, environmental activists and activists defending the rights of refugees and migrants, were subjected to frequent police intimidation and harassment.

France continued to sell arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates despite the risk that they would be used to commit human rights violations against civilians in the conflict in Yemen.

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Abolitionist for all crimes

Does not use the death penalty


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