Protest

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.

Niger:  Government must investigate post-election crackdown and release protesters
09.04.2021 12 min read

Niger: Government must investigate post-election crackdown and release protesters

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Blog: Kenya’s further education institutions use repressive tactics to suppress dissent among the student community
01.04.2021 7 min read

Blog: Kenya’s further education institutions use repressive tactics to suppress dissent among the student community

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Blog: The resurgence of art and artivism as an alternative to physical street marches
26.03.2021 6 min read

Blog: The resurgence of art and artivism as an alternative to physical street marches

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Thailand: Third UPR must urge the Thai authorities to cease their assault on free expression
26.03.2021 2 min read

Thailand: Third UPR must urge the Thai authorities to cease their assault on free expression

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Algeria: Conviction against journalist Khaled Drareni reversed but charges remain
25.03.2021 1 min read

Algeria: Conviction against journalist Khaled Drareni reversed but charges remain

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Bahrain: New F1 boss urged to launch independent inquiry into Grand Prix human rights concerns
25.03.2021 4 min read

Bahrain: New F1 boss urged to launch independent inquiry into Grand Prix human rights concerns

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A coalition of ten NGOs calls on the Iraqi parliament to amend Iraq’s Draft Law on Freedom of Assembly and Peaceful Demonstrations
16.03.2021 13 min read

A coalition of ten NGOs calls on the Iraqi parliament to amend Iraq’s Draft Law on Freedom of Assembly and Peaceful Demonstrations

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ALGERIA : Release all imprisoned journalists and end attacks on the press
15.03.2021 6 min read

ALGERIA : Release all imprisoned journalists and end attacks on the press

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HRC46: Ongoing crisis for democracy and free expression in Myanmar
15.03.2021 2 min read

HRC46: Ongoing crisis for democracy and free expression in Myanmar

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