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 Report on Protest and Human Rights by the IACHR Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

In 2019, the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued a report on Protest and Human Rights.

06.01.20
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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights decries repression of peaceful protest

In November 2019 in Paris, Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, cited a number of perceived or fundamental failings in contemporary politics and economics that were leading to peaceful protests in many countries.

24.11.19
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Draft General Comment on the Right of Peaceful Assembly

The Human Rights Committee has published its Draft General Comment 37 on the Right of Peaceful Assembly under the 1966 Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

17.11.19