refrain from punishing

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Authorities are also urged to refrain from punishing military personnel and civilians who participated in peaceful demonstrations.
We again call on the Israeli authorities to refrain from punishing individuals for offences they themselves have not personally committed.
At the Gevena meeting, Putin's Foreign Minister assured his counterparts from the US, the EU and Ukraine that his government would refrain from punishing Kiev further by getting the south-eastern parts of the country to prepare for secession.
MADA wants to emphasize the problems must be solved through dialogue, and the two parties must refrain from punishing journalists and media organizations in the differences between them, so MADA calls for: A[cedilla] All relevant parties (in particular, the Fatah and Hamas movements) to stop all actions that would aggravate the situation further and create a strained media environment.
Facing possible sanctions for his players' and fans' roles in an on-field brawl at the end of Saturday's California Community College Championship game, College of the Canyons coach Chuck Lyon said Sunday he hoped the state's Commission on Athletics would refrain from punishing the school for the incident.
North Korea should be asked to abandon its claims on escapees and to refrain from punishing their family members who remain in North Korea.
Secular authorities would not refrain from punishing detractors of Jews or from offering Jews shelter in times of social upheaval.