UN human rights rep demands ‘full investigation’ on France’s ‘excessive force’ against Yellow Vests

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has known as for a full investigation into stories of extreme use of power by the French police against Yellow Vest protesters leading to over 2,000 injured and dozens being maimed.

We encourage the authorities to proceed dialogue – together with follow-up to the nationwide discussions that are at the moment underway – and urge full investigation of all reported circumstances of extreme use of power,” the previous Chilean President said in her annual handle to the UN Human Rights council in Geneva. Her speech highlighted how the Yellow Vests’ demand for “respectful dialogue” has seemingly been met with excessive violence by the state.

Bachelet spoke extremely of France’s weekly Yellow Vest protests which happen in cities throughout France, describing their wrestle against “inequalities and deteriorating financial and social situations” in Macron’s France and arguing that they intend to encourage “real reform.

The French police force’s heavy handed response to the yellow clad demonstrators has been extensively criticized, notably after movies started to floor of contributors having their limbs blown off and eyes gouged out. According to authorities figures,  over 2,000 protesters and over 1,000 cops had been injured since November.

While the violence has hardly been one sided and a lot of police have additionally sustained accidents in the middle of clashes with demonstrators, not a single police officer has truly been reprimanded for extreme power.

The majority of extreme accidents amongst demonstrators have got here from “non-lethal” crowd management weapons akin to rubber-bullets, tear gasoline and stun grenades. Attempts by human rights activists and neighborhood leaders to roll again the usage of these arms have been unsuccessful, main some to accuse the federal government of complicity within the violence.

Paris responded swiftly, stating that investigations into problems with police violence on the rallies have already been launched, and that the French authorities has organized open discussions to facilitate public dialogue.

We have at all times been extraordinarily clear about it… Every time it was needed, investigations had been launched… It is stunning, nonetheless, to seek out us listed between Venezuela and Haiti, the place there have been deaths,” authorities spokesman Benjamin Grievaux informed reporters.