Strasbourg, 16.06.2013 - "I continue to follow the developments in Turkey very closely. I call on all parties to continue the dialogue. Any further escalation of violence must be prevented.
I believe it is important to recall the legally binding standards set by the European Convention on Human Rights regarding the freedom of assembly – and its limits.
It is true that this right is not absolute, but any restriction has to be prescribed by law and necessary in a democratic society.
The case-law of the European Court of Human Rights is very clear on this.
Authorities have to take appropriate measures with regard to demonstrations in order to ensure their peaceful conduct and the safety of all citizens.
In case security forces have to intervene with force, this intervention has to be strictly proportionate and necessary. For example, in a number of judgments, the Court held that the use of tear gas in confined places, including hospitals, is neither necessary nor proportionate."