Right to Freedom of Assembly and Association

The right to assembly protects the freedom of two or more individuals to meet, gather and organise together formally or informally, in private and in public. The right to organise and participate in protests, parades, religious and cultural gatherings are protected under this right. In this sense, freedom of assembly is closely connected to the rights to freedom of religion, expression and to take part in cultural life.

The right to freedom of association

The right to freedom of association entails the right to form and join associations, such as political associations. It also includes the right of individuals to form and join trade unions for the protection of their interests.

The right to freedom of assembly and association

The right to freedom of assembly and association is a qualified right. Restrictions are justified if they are based in law, pursue a legitimate aim as listed in the ECHR or ICCPR and proportionate. Assemblies where organisers and participants have violent intentions are not protected.