Immediately after the publication of a video
where police officers apprehend a citizen, at the Human Rights Defender’s
instruction, a rapid response group visited the Police unit to have a private
interview with the apprehended person and undertake other necessary activities
related to his rights.
At the moment, we can note that the reason for
apprehension is the citizen’s failure to comply with the Commandant’s mandatory
requirement on wearing a face mask.
It is apparent from today's video that the police
actions were disproportionate.
In particular, despite the quantitative advantage
of police officers, as well as the citizen’s assurances that he would follow
the police officers’ order, they continued to use physical force, as well as
The law, of course, enables the Police to use
physical force and special measures, including handcuffs, however, the use
should be proportionate with its aim and concrete situation, also taking into
consideration the alleged violation to which the physical force and special
measure are applied. A strong Police is essential for guaranteeing human
rights, but activities of police officers in any case should not be accompanied
by actions that violate dignity of a person.
Everyone who violates the law should be held
accountable, but state body’s actions should be proportionate. Therefore, all issues
should be clarified by investigation.
P.S. The Human Rights Defender once again urges
all citizens to comply with the rules aimed at combating the virus.