Impact | Negative

    Rating CIVICUS | Obstructed

    On May 29, the Ministry of Defence published a regulation that allows the progressive use of force by members of the Armed Forces in the face of meetings, demonstrations and disturbances that lead to “situations of serious internal commotion.” The protocol contemplates different levels of action in situations of “latent risk,” “psychological or passive resistance” and “defensive and aggressive resistance.” The Ombudsman’s Office and various social organizations warned that the regulation is not aimed at protecting the human rights of the protests, but rather to support the actions of the Armed Forces. In this regard, the control body reported that, if the Ministry of Defense does not overturn the regulation, it will file a claim of unconstitutionality before the Constitutional Court.o.


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