GENEVA, 1 may – RIA Novosti, Elizabeth Isakov. The office of the UN high Commissioner for human rights concerned about the growing violence in Lebanon on the backdrop of a pandemic COVID 19, said at a briefing in Geneva, the official representative of OHCHR Rupert Colville.

“We remind law enforcement that they have an obligation to abide by international norms and standards on the use of force, especially in terms of legality, necessity and proportionality. We also urge the protesters not to resort to violence and emphasize that the right to peaceful Assembly protects non – violent Assembly,” he said.

According to OHCHR, at least 77 civilians were injured in the period from 26 to 30 April. The Lebanese armed forces reported that at least 159 people of their personnel were injured, 15 are in critical condition.

“As we understand it, the Lebanese armed forces have used tear gas and rubber bullets and fired in the air with live ammunition. The protesters, for their part, reportedly used tear gas, grenades, petrol bombs, iron chains, wooden sticks and other weapons. We have also received reports of cases of use of force by the armed forces,” added Colville.

the Representative of OHCHR stressed that the Management welcomes the decision of the authorities on the investigation of all violations committed during demonstrations.

against the background of continuing economic crisis in the beginning of the week in different cities of Lebanon resumed riots. This time the citizens took to the streets under the pretext of a sharp drop of the national currency against the dollar, which in turn resulted in a sharp rise in food prices. Demonstrators smashed several banks in Tripoli and Saida, the command of the army in their reports reported of heavy clashes with an aggressive-minded citizens in different parts of the country. People on the streets call on the government to initiate reforms, to return the stolen public funds and to create the necessary conditions for stable economic and social situation in the country.

Mass protests in Lebanon was resumed in late April, contrary to the established authorities of the regime epidemiological emergency, which began on 16 March and extended until 11 may as part of the fight against the spread of coronavirus. Citizens need to find a way out of the economic crisis, to create conditions for a stable life and to solve the problem of the rising dollar.

the Unrest began in Lebanon since 17 October last year. Then hundreds of thousands of people across the country staged anti-government demonstrations with the requirement to conduct efficient economic reforms, to prosecute politicians involved in corruption and return stolen funds from the state budget. In November, against the backdrop of unrest, he resigned the government of Saad Hariri. In late January, the President approves the Cabinet of Ministers headed by Hassan Diaba.

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