United Nations Human Rights Guidance on Less-Lethal Weapons in Law Enforcement
01 June 2020
The publication of the United Nations Human Rights Guidance on the Use of Less Lethal Weapons in Law Enforcement provides concise and user-friendly guidelines, outlining international norms and standards on the use of less-lethal weapons in a scenario-based, weapon-specific manner. The Guidance aims to provide direction on the lawful and responsible design, production, transfer, procurement, testing, training, deployment and use of less-lethal weapons and related equipment. It is addressed to States, law enforcement agencies, manufacturers, human rights bodies and mechanisms, private security companies, police oversight bodies and human rights defenders, and to individuals seeking to assert their right to a remedy for human rights violations. It is also intended to promote accountability for the design, production, testing, transfer, deployment and use of less-lethal weapons and related equipment.
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