Protest

The right of all people to express their ideas and opinions through the medium of protest, in any form, is guaranteed through a number of core international human rights provisions, including the right to free expression. Protests are an essential way for individuals to express dissent and grievances, to share views and opinions, to expose flaws in governance and to publicly demand that the authorities and other powerful entities are accountable for their actions. Protests provide people with an opportunity to have a say in public life.

They have historically inspired positive social change and improved protection of human rights. They continue to form an essential part of public debate and expression in all parts of the world and can take many forms both in the physical and online space.  Yet governments around the world too often treat protests as either an inconvenience to be controlled or a threat to be extinguished. Despite their obligations to promote, protect and respect the right to protest, governments frequently use excessive force, arbitrary arrest and detention and other forms of intimidation and harassment to prevent or crack down on protest rights, particularly those critical of government actions.

27.02.2020 2 min read

Malaysia: Drop charges against activist for graduation protest

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HRC43: Secretary General launches session with call to action
25.02.2020 12 min read

HRC43: Secretary General launches session with call to action

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HRC43: States must act on Iran
25.02.2020 1 min read

HRC43: States must act on Iran

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Thailand: Dissolution of opposition party a further blow to human rights
21.02.2020 4 min read

Thailand: Dissolution of opposition party a further blow to human rights

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Algeria: One year after the Hirak, alarming situation of freedom of expression and right to assembly
20.02.2020 4 min read

Algeria: One year after the Hirak, alarming situation of freedom of expression and right to assembly

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Turkey: Cruel new charges against Osman Kavala must be dropped
19.02.2020 8 min read

Turkey: Cruel new charges against Osman Kavala must be dropped

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Turkey: ARTICLE 19 calls for acquittal of Gezi Park defendants
17.02.2020 5 min read

Turkey: ARTICLE 19 calls for acquittal of Gezi Park defendants

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Gambia: New regime crackdown a chilling reminder of 22 years of repression
28.01.2020 5 min read

Gambia: New regime crackdown a chilling reminder of 22 years of repression

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Thailand: Stop harassment of ‘Run Against Dictatorship’ organisers
10.01.2020 7 min read

Thailand: Stop harassment of ‘Run Against Dictatorship’ organisers

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