France: MPs must reject “permanent state of emergency”   

 

In the run up to the vote in the French parliament on the “Draft law to strengthen the fight against terrorism and internal security”, Amnesty International’s Europe Director, John Dalhuisen, said:

“After nearly two years under a state of emergency, France should focus on restoring a state of normalcy instead of seeking to embed these repressive measures into ordinary law.

Whilst the need to protect people from the types of horrific violence France has suffered is clear, this cannot be achieved by trampling the very rights that Macron’s government was elected to uphold
John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International

 

“If passed, this law will provide the authorities with draconian powers to restrict rights without sufficient safeguards against abuse.

French MPs must say no to creating what will effectively be a permanent state of emergency
John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International

 

"Whilst the need to protect people from the types of horrific violence France has suffered in recent years is clear, this cannot be achieved by trampling the very rights that Macron’s government was elected to uphold. This law threatens to curb rights without strengthening security. French MPs must say no to creating what will effectively be a permanent state of emergency.”

The final vote on the “Draft law to strengthen the fight against terrorism and internal security" is expected to take place on 3 October.

 

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In January Amnesty International published a report, Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe, which examined the way in which sweeping new laws are driving Europe into a deep and dangerous state of permanent securitization.