The Right of Peaceful Assembly

Everyone has the right of peaceful assembly under customary and conventional human rights law. Restrictions on the exercise of the right must comply with the principles of legality, necessity, and proportionality.

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Sudan

Peaceful protesters were targeted with lethal force by state agents in violation of international law in protests in 2019.

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Summary

Sudan should ensure the right of peaceful assembly is respected and protected and that police use of force is restricted as international law requires.

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South Africa

South Africa should restrict use of firearms during assemblies in accordance with international law and protect the rights of human rights defenders to freedom of peaceful assembly.

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Latest News

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New ECNL website on freedom of assembly

The European Center for Not-for-Profit Law has created a new online repository for jurisprudence on freedom of assembly.

16.10.19
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New Edition of OSCE Guidelines on Freedom of Assembly

The Venice Commission and OSCE ODIHR have published the third edition of their Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly.

21.08.19
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Human Rights Committee General Comment on the Right of Peaceful Assembly

On 20 March 2019, the Committee heard from non-governmental experts for its planned General Comment on the right of peaceful assembly.

14.03.19