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UN Human Rights Council Resolution 31/37 (2016) - The promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests

‘1. Calls upon all States to promote a safe and enabling environment for individuals and groups to exercise their rights to freedom of peacefulassembly, of expression and of association, recalls that all States have the responsibility in all circumstances, including in the context of peaceful protests, to promote, respect and protect human rights and to prevent human rightsviolations, including extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, arbitrary arrest and detention, enforced disappearances, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and sexual violence, and calls upon States to avoid the abuse of criminal and civil proceedings or threats ofsuch acts at all times;‘
‘2. underlines the necessity to address the management of assemblies, including peaceful protests, so as to contribute to their peaceful conduct, and to prevent loss of life of and injuries to protesters, bystanders, those monitoring such protests and officias exercising law enforcement duties, as well as any human rights violation or abuse, to ensure accountability for such violations and abuses and to provide victims with access to a remedy and redress [...].‘