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France: Authorities must quash the conviction of the Briançon 7 as it contravenes the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly

, N° d'index: EUR 21/4181/2021

On 13 December 2018, the Criminal Court of Gap convicted Benoit Ducos, Lisa Malapert, Mathieu Burellier, Jean-Luc Jalmain, Bastien Stauffer, Elenonora Laterza and Théo Buckmaster, known as the Briançon 7, accused of “facilitating the irregular entry of foreign nationals” into France. On 22 April 2018, they had participated in a peaceful demonstration, marching from the ski town of Clavière in Italy towards France, crossing the border and reaching the French town of Briançon. Amnesty International considers that the conviction of the Briançon 7 for facilitation of irregular entry must be quashed, as it contravenes the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

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