The skilled panel of OSCE ODIHR has issued, Human Rights Handbook on Policing Assemblies, its newest guidebook on international requirements for protests. You may obtain a pdf of the guidebook Here. Previous variations in earlier years have leaned towards imprecise and euphemistic wordings and idealistic expectations. This 2016 version is extra-specific and helpful, maybe because of the addition of 10 panelists from police departments worldwide.
On this panel from the U.S., there may be Ralph Price, General Counsel of the Office of the Superintendent from the Chicago Police Department. Chicago has a wonderful latest track file of giant protests with no major bother. Chicago has also been in a position to hold large non-protest events with solely minor expected problems.
Note: OSCE ODIHR stands for Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. OSCE has 57 participating nations on three continents of Europe, North America, and Asia. On this guidebook, “meeting” particularly means a protest of some sort. This guidebook lists “meetings, rallies, pickets, demonstrations, marches, processions, parades, and flash mobs.” Glaringly absent is sort of any mention of camping or tent protests, which have been prevalent worldwide over the past 5 years.
Also lacking is any mention of a sit-in, which is a short or long-run residence inside a building. Camping and sit-in protests contain the occupation and exclusive use of space meant to be shared by others. These protests are sometimes extremely effective at galvanizing dissent and thus, are extremely helpful to … Read the rest