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"Liberta', non paura!"
- Subject: "Liberta', non paura!"
- From: rossana <rossana at comodinoposta.org>
- Date: Fri, 05 Sep 2008 08:13:43 +0200
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iornata Europea "Liberta', non paura 2008 - fermiamo l'escalation della
sorveglianza" Un ampio movimento di persone ed associazione sta
organizzando una manifestazione europea congiunta contro l'abuso dei
mezzi di sorveglianza attuato da governi ed imprese. L'11 ottobre 2008
le persone che sono preoccupate da questo abuso scenderanno in piazza in
tutta Europa, al grido di "Liberta', non paura!" Azioni pacifiche e
creative, manifestazioni e conferenze stampa avranno luogo in molte
Parliament approves use of Tasers in deportations
In March, the Swiss parliament approved the use by police of Taser stun
guns when forcibly deporting foreigners from the country. Switzerland is
thereby one the first European countries to introduce the controversial
weapon for deportations, following Portugal which distributed the
weapons to its Lisbon Metropolitan Command, the Direct Action Corps, the
Special Operations Group and the Personal Security Corps last year.
Amnesty International, the Swiss Democratic Lawyers' Association,
Humanrights.ch/MERS, the Swiss Refugee Council and solidarité sans
frontières had earlier urged the Swiss Council of States (Standerat,
which represents the Swiss Cantons) not to pass the law, arguing that it
would be better "not to have any immigration law at all than one that
allows for the use of tasers".
The law introduces a harmonised regulation on the use of force after
several migrants died due to the use of police force during deportation.
The cause of death during forced deportation is usually diagnosed as
positional asphyxiation. Introducing the use of tasers may add another
possible cause of death rather than reducing the risk. The law, expected
to take effect in January 2009, will apply to all authorities dealing
with foreigner and asylum issues that might involve the use of police
force or that carry out transporting prisoners for the state.
Tasers can now be added to the catalogue of arms police may use,
alongside handcuffs, dogs, and pepper spray. However, a joint press
release by human rights organisations also voiced concern about the
possibilities under the new law to delegate tasks that may involve the
use of force to private companies, the fact that a formal prohibition of
torture has not been included, or the lack of an independent monitoring
mechanism whereby forced deportations are overseen by human rights
observers, as the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of
Torture proscribes. Furthermore, the law fails to prohibit the use of
force against children, which may lead to violations of the UN
Convention for the Rights of the Child. Finally, an adequate form of an
independent complaint's commission are also lacking.
Tasers are particularly controversial as they are classified as
non-lethal weapons, yet have led to more than 290 deaths between 2002
and 2007 in the US and Canada alone, Amnesty International reports.
Furthermore, the argument that tasers somehow reduce the use of guns and
therefore fatalities ignores the fact that tasers are increasingly used
as a disciplinary measure as well as a torture instrument in prisons and
by police. In recommendations in its 39th session report to Portugal,
which has bought the newest Taser X26 stun gun for use by police, the UN
Committee Against Torture last November declared that the use of tasers
is a form of torture. Article 14 of the report's Conclusions states that
the Committee "is concerned that the use of these weapons causes severe
pain constituting a form of torture, and that in some cases it may even
cause death, as recent developments have shown", referring to three men,
all in their early 20s, who died in the United States in November, days
after a Polish man died at Vancouver airport after being Tasered by