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.

From the River to the Sea: Protecting freedom of expression in public discourse on the conflict in Israel and Palestine
22.05.2024 2 min read

From the River to the Sea: Protecting freedom of expression in public discourse on the conflict in Israel and Palestine

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Thailand: Hold authorities accountable for the death of Netiporn ‘Bung’ Sanesangkhom
17.05.2024 4 min read

Thailand: Hold authorities accountable for the death of Netiporn ‘Bung’ Sanesangkhom

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World Press Freedom Day: Brazil victory for Amazon defenders
02.05.2024 2 min read

World Press Freedom Day: Brazil victory for Amazon defenders

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Poland: Key reflections and action points from the Anti-SLAPP Conference
30.04.2024 8 min read

Poland: Key reflections and action points from the Anti-SLAPP Conference

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US student protests: University leaders must listen and protect freedom of expression
29.04.2024 26 min read

US student protests: University leaders must listen and protect freedom of expression

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Algeria: Release detainees and open civic space
05.04.2024 8 min read

Algeria: Release detainees and open civic space

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Iran: Digital freedom and protest in the UN’s Fact-Finding Mission report
02.04.2024 7 min read

Iran: Digital freedom and protest in the UN’s Fact-Finding Mission report

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Poland: Rainbow Mary case underscores the need to repeal blasphemy laws
25.03.2024 3 min read

Poland: Rainbow Mary case underscores the need to repeal blasphemy laws

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Kyrgyzstan: Veto the draft law on ‘foreign representatives’
21.03.2024 13 min read

Kyrgyzstan: Veto the draft law on ‘foreign representatives’

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