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South Korea: Mission failed: Policing assemblies in South Korea

, Index number: ASA 25/7119/2017

In the period 2013 to 2016 the South Korean police employed a range of practices in policing assemblies that fell short of international human rights law and standards. During this period, the police used their discretion under existing domestic law to ban, restrict and disperse a number of peaceful assemblies. This briefing details those areas where the police failed in their mission to facilitate, protect and promote freedom of peaceful assembly between 2013 and 2016. It also makes recommendations to the police and lawmakers on how to ensure these recent improvements are consolidated into law and practice.

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