Freedom of Assembly
The right to assemble peacefully is a fundamental prerequisite for any open and self-governing society.
The right to assemble peacefully is a fundamental prerequisite for any open and self-governing society. While most countries’ constitutions promise freedom of assembly, far fewer governments uphold this basic right without undue restrictions.
Protests Erupt Around the Globe
A striking number of new citizen protest movements have emerged over the past year, reflecting the inexhaustible and universal desire for fundamental rights. However, these movements have in many cases confronted deeply entrenched interests that are able to endure considerable pressure and are willing to use deadly force to maintain power. The protests of 2019 have so far failed to halt the overall slide in global freedom, and without greater support and solidarity from established democracies, they are more likely to succumb to authoritarian reprisals. To learn more about how protests impacted the state of global freedom, read the Freedom in the World 2020 report.
United States: Freedom House Expresses Solidarity with Communities of Color
June 1, 2020
Zimbabwe: Authorities Must Reveal Whereabouts of Missing Activists
May 14, 2020
Kazakhstan: Authorities Rush to Further Limit Peaceful Assembly
May 4, 2020
Azerbaijan: Government Must Respect Freedom of Peaceful Assembly
October 21, 2019
Joint Civil Society Statement: Zimbabwe Must Respect Freedom of Assembly and Human Rights
December 28, 2016
Iraq: Parliament Should Reject “Assembly and Peaceful Demonstration” Bill
September 1, 2016