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France: Counter-terror measures following the murder of Samuel Paty raise human rights concerns

, Index number: EUR 21/3281/2020

On 16 October, Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old teacher, was murdered in Paris. An 18- year old holding refugee status in France beheaded the teacher allegedly because he had shown his students some cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed. On 29 October, three people were killed in a church in Nice. The main suspect is a 21-year old Tunisian national. French authorities have legal obligations to carry out a prompt, thorough, independent, impartial, transparent and effective investigation into the murders. Amnesty International is concerned that the counter-terror measures announced following the murders violate the principles of non-discrimination, non-refoulement, and the right to freedom of association.

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