On Thursday 21 September, Amnesty International will launch a new report Mission Failed: Policing Assemblies in South Korea.
A core mission of the police is to facilitate the right to freedom of peaceful assembly while maintaining peace and order. However, the report highlights that between 2013 and 2016 the South Korean police instead acted to stifle this right by approaching assemblies at the outset as something to slap restrictions or bans on, or to be met with bus barricades and water cannons. When a repressive policing approach fueled and increased anger and frustration, leading to the outbreak of violence and disorder, the police achieved the opposite of their stated goal. The report contains a series of recommendations to ensure the police fulfil their role to facilitate the right to freedom of assembly.
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