"In countries with a track record of election violence, governments should draw up plans for dealing with such violence in the future in ways that are consistent with their human rights obligations. (...) While some of the details of such contingency planning will need to remain confidential, it is also essential that the authorities release enough detailed information in order to make it clear that serious planning has been undertaken, as well as to discourage those potentially violent forces who might otherwise assume there will be few obstacles to, and no consequences flowing from, their actions."
DocumentUNHRC: Report of the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions, Philip Alston: Addendum on Election-Related Violence and Killings, para. 90
- Everyone has the right to security of the person without arbitrary arrest or detention.
- States have a duty to protect the fundamental human rights of all within their jurisdiction.
- Voters have a right to security provided by police and security forces in polling stations, but without interference from them.