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.

Malaysia: Government should respect human rights as it seeks UN Human Rights Council membership
17.09.2021 18 min read

Malaysia: Government should respect human rights as it seeks UN Human Rights Council membership

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EU: Action needed to tackle spyware abuses after Pegasus revelations
15.09.2021 7 min read

EU: Action needed to tackle spyware abuses after Pegasus revelations

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Guinea: Call for human rights and democracy to be protected following military coup
06.09.2021 3 min read

Guinea: Call for human rights and democracy to be protected following military coup

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Thailand: Government must do more to protect protesters from violence
01.09.2021 25 min read

Thailand: Government must do more to protect protesters from violence

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Malaysia: Arrest of vigil attendees is government’s latest act of harassment against Lawan protesters
20.08.2021 2 min read

Malaysia: Arrest of vigil attendees is government’s latest act of harassment against Lawan protesters

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Kenya: ARTICLE 19 condemns killing of three people at the hands of police
12.08.2021 4 min read

Kenya: ARTICLE 19 condemns killing of three people at the hands of police

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Senegal: Freedom of expression under threat by emergency Penal Code amendments
11.08.2021 16 min read

Senegal: Freedom of expression under threat by emergency Penal Code amendments

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Cambodia: Human Rights Council must urge action to uphold the right to freedom of expression
05.08.2021 1 min read

Cambodia: Human Rights Council must urge action to uphold the right to freedom of expression

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Malaysia: Police visits to the homes of peaceful protesters are excessive
05.08.2021 2 min read

Malaysia: Police visits to the homes of peaceful protesters are excessive

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