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.

31.07.2020 9 min read

HR Committee: ARTICLE 19 welcomes General Comment no. 37 on the right of peaceful assembly

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US: Trump’s tactics in Portland risk further erosion of democracy 
21.07.2020 3 min read

US: Trump’s tactics in Portland risk further erosion of democracy 

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Cambodia: Joint open letter calling for foreign governments to promote respect for human rights in Cambodia
21.07.2020 2 min read

Cambodia: Joint open letter calling for foreign governments to promote respect for human rights in Cambodia

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Sierra Leone: Government must investigate the killing of protestors in Makeni
20.07.2020 4 min read

Sierra Leone: Government must investigate the killing of protestors in Makeni

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Mali: Bloody repression of protesters and attacks against the media
15.07.2020 13 min read

Mali: Bloody repression of protesters and attacks against the media

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Iran: Internet disruptions after online protests against death sentences for three young men 
15.07.2020 5 min read

Iran: Internet disruptions after online protests against death sentences for three young men 

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Bahrain: ARTICLE 19 condemns death sentences for activists
15.07.2020 2 min read

Bahrain: ARTICLE 19 condemns death sentences for activists

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HRC44: States must act on repression in Belarus
10.07.2020 2 min read

HRC44: States must act on repression in Belarus

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HRC44: Cease Internet shutdowns during protest
10.07.2020 2 min read

HRC44: Cease Internet shutdowns during protest

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