Sentences against peaceful protesters marching against xenophobic group must be overturned –

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Sentences against peaceful protesters marching against xenophobic group must be overturned – fr


Before tomorrow’s appeal hearing of seven activists convicted of “facilitating the irregular entry of foreign nationals” while participating in a march on the Franco-Italian border against the actions of the Génération Identitaire group in the Alps, Nils Muižnieks, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Europe, said:

“Abusing anti-smuggling laws to condemn courageous activists who marched against the illegal activities of the racist and xenophobic group Generation Identitaire is not only a scandal, but a violation of their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Abusing anti-smuggling laws to condemn courageous activists who marched against the illegal activities of the racist and xenophobic group Generation Identitaire is a scandal

Nils Muižnieks, Amnesty International

“Rather than being criminalized in this way, Briançon 7 should instead be celebrated to oppose actions that threatened the safety and rights of refugees and migrants. Their convictions should be overturned. “

Rather than being criminalized in this way, Briançon 7 should instead be celebrated for opposing actions that threatened the safety and rights of refugees and migrants.

Nils Muižnieks, Amnesty International

“Participating in a peaceful demonstration is not a crime. Doing so, side by side with refugees and migrants, is just one example of solidarity. France must act to protect human rights defenders in solidarity with refugees and migrants and urgently modify the offense of “facilitating irregular entry” to ensure that no act of solidarity is ever punished again.

CONTEXT

On April 21, 2018, the group Identity Generation launched Operation Defend Europe in the Briançon region in France. Members of the group deployed a giant banner in a mountain pass, usurping border police duties and blocking the passage of refugees and migrants from Italy to France.

In response, more than 100 protesters staged a counter-demonstration marching peacefully from Italy and crossing the French border, reaching the town of Briançon.

On December 13, 2018, the correctional court of Gap condemned Benoit Ducos, Lisa Malapert, Mathieu Burellier, Jean-Luc Jalmain, Bastien Stauffer, Elenonora Laterza and Théo Buckmaster, known as Briançon 7, for “having facilitated the irregular entry of foreign nationals “. in France.

Members of Identity Generation were sentenced in 2019 for the events of April 2018. In March 2021, the French authorities banned and dissolved the organization for inciting discrimination, hatred and violence.

For a detailed analysis of the case, see https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur21/4181/2021/en/

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Stefan Simanowitz email: [email protected]
  

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