"In dispersing violent assemblies and demonstrations, specific reference is made concerning firearms, i.e., that they may be used only when less dangerous measures prove ineffective and when there is an imminent threat of death or of serious injury. Firing indiscriminately into a violent crowd is never a legitimate or an acceptable method of dispersal."
DocumentOSCE (ODIHR): Guidelines for Public Security Providers in Elections, p. 30
- Freedom of assembly may be restricted under certain circumstances as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society.
- Freedom of assembly may only be restricted under certain circumstances, including in the interest of public safety/order.
- Freedom of assembly may only be restricted under certain circumstances, including in the interest of national security.
- Any security-related restrictions of freedoms and the use of force by public security providers must be based in law, necessary, and proportionate to the objective of maintaining public order.