France plans to implement emergency measures into new anti-terror law

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 29.6.2017 15:42

On 22 June French president Emmanuel Macron and his staff proposed a Draft Law to Strengthen Internal Security and the Fight Against Terrorism, which would put several of the current emergency state measures into the permanent legislative system even after its ending. It contains the possibility to limit the freedom of assembly.

The draft would give local Interior Ministry representatives the right to set secure zones in public spaces and limit access to any person or group. Moreover, places of worship could be shut down if they are linked to possible extremist activities. Protest gatherings could also be disbanded and property searches could be conducted without judicial decision. Similar steps can be expected in other EU states, British Prime Minister Theresa May has already announced more restrictive anti-terror laws to come after the London Bridge attack. Possible human rights limitations are the logical impact of these efforts to make countries and societies more secure, which, however, won’t lead to disruption of democracy principles.

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