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Last week, CCLA’s Director of Public Safety, Rob De Luca, participated in consultation sessions with our partners in the International Civil Liberties Organizations Network (INCLO) for a forthcoming report on the policing of protests. The event was hosted by the The International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School,
 who is a partner on the report and who also played an important role in this week’s consultations.

INCLO’s forthcoming report seeks to document tactics, strategies, models, practices that can be used by operational commanders, law enforcement officials, and independent policing experts to promote and protect rights to protest. The aim of the report is to facilitate and promote professionalized policing responses to protest based on human rights principle, with the underlying aim of protecting and promoting rights to protest.

The convening facilitated meetings with a wide range of local and international experts, including academics, lawyers, members of civil society, and local community activists, to provide insight into the contemporary challenges facing the rights to protest.  As part of the convening, Rob also joined INCLO representatives from Argentina (Marcela Perelman, Director of Research at Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales), South Africa (Michael Power, Director at ALT Advisory), and the United States (Jamil Dakwar, Director of the Human Rights Program at the American Civil Liberties Union) for a panel discussion at the University of Chicago Law School on protecting and promoting human rights in protest policing.

INCLO’s previous reports on police brutality and social protest can be found here.

About the Canadian Civil Liberties Association

The CCLA is an independent, non-profit organization with supporters from across the country. Founded in 1964, the CCLA is a national human rights organization committed to defending the rights, dignity, safety, and freedoms of all people in Canada.

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