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Public Outrage

Public Outrage

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PUBLICOUTRAGE
POLICEOFFICERSABOVETHELAWINFRANCE
 
AmnestyInternationalisaglobalmovementof2.2millionpeopleinmorethan150countriesandterritorieswhocampaigntoendgraveabusesofhumanrights.OurvisionisforeverypersontoenjoyalltherightsenshrinedintheUniversalDeclarationofHumanRightsandotherinternationalhumanrightsstandards.Weareindependentofanygovernment,politicalideology,economicinterestorreligionfundedmainlybyourmembershipandpublicdonations.
AmnestyInternationalPublicationsFirstpublishedin2009byAmnestyInternationalPublicationsInternationalSecretariatPeterBenensonHouse1EastonStreetLondonWC1X0DWUnitedKingdomwww.amnesty.org©AmnestyInternationalPublications2009Index:EUR21/003/2009Originallanguage:EnglishPrintedbyAmnestyInternational,InternationalSecretariat,UnitedKingdomAllrightsreserved.Thispublicationiscopyright,butmaybereproducedbyanymethodwithoutfeeforadvocacy,campaigningandteachingpurposes,butnotforresale.Thecopyrightholdersrequestthatallsuchuseberegisteredwiththemforimpactassessmentpurposes.Forcopyinginanyothercircumstances,orforre-useinotherpublications,orfortranslationoradaptation,priorwrittenpermissionmustbeobtainedfromthepublishers,andafeemaybepayable.
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FrenchriotpolicepatrolonAvenuedesChampsElyséesinParis,9July2006.©AP/PAPhoto/BazRatner
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Blood-stainedclothesbelongingto“Philippe”afterhewasallegedlyassaultedbyapoliceofficer,2007.©Private
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AmemorialcallingforjusticeforAbdelhakimAjimi,France2008.On9May2008AbdelhakimAjimidiedinGrasseafterbeingrestrainedbypoliceofficers.©Private
 
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1. INTRODUCTION.......................................................................................................5Taïs v. France, 1 June 2006....................................................................................62. NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CRITICISM OF FRENCH LAW ENFORCEMENTAGENCIES...................................................................................................................93. THE OBLIGATION TO CONDUCT AN EFFECTIVE INVESTIGATION..............................114. CAUSES OF IMPUNITY..........................................................................................13INDEPENDENCE AND IMPARTIALITY?......................................................................13The case of Pierre.................................................................................................13The case of Albertine Sow.....................................................................................15The case of Évelyn and Patricia..............................................................................17ADEQUATE?...........................................................................................................19The case of Josiane Ngo........................................................................................19The case of Gwenaël Rihet....................................................................................20The case of Salif Kamaté......................................................................................22The case of Abdelhakim Ajimi................................................................................24PROMPT?...............................................................................................................25The case of Abou Bakari Tandia.............................................................................25The case of Philippe.............................................................................................27PUBLIC?.................................................................................................................28VICTIM INVOLVEMENT?...........................................................................................30The case of Maulawi.............................................................................................305. REPRISALS AGAINST COMPLAINANTS...................................................................32The case of Fatimata M’Baye.................................................................................32

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