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.

RightsCon: Online or on the streets our right to protest is real
11.06.2021 1 min read

RightsCon: Online or on the streets our right to protest is real

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International: Call for G7 to protect media freedom and the right to protest
10.06.2021 4 min read

International: Call for G7 to protect media freedom and the right to protest

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Algeria: Notification requirements are latest attempt to silence protest
21.05.2021 5 min read

Algeria: Notification requirements are latest attempt to silence protest

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Belarus: Stop harassment of independent media outlet TUT.BY
19.05.2021 3 min read

Belarus: Stop harassment of independent media outlet TUT.BY

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Palestine: Attacks on protesters and repression of free speech by Israel must end
18.05.2021 2 min read

Palestine: Attacks on protesters and repression of free speech by Israel must end

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Belarus: Officials block access to human rights website
18.05.2021 1 min read

Belarus: Officials block access to human rights website

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United Kingdom: Academic Freedom Bill could have a chilling effect
11.05.2021 5 min read

United Kingdom: Academic Freedom Bill could have a chilling effect

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Sheikh Jarrah: Facebook and Twitter silencing protests, deleting evidence
10.05.2021 6 min read

Sheikh Jarrah: Facebook and Twitter silencing protests, deleting evidence

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Malaysia: End harassment of civil society
10.05.2021 6 min read

Malaysia: End harassment of civil society

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