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The Rights to Freedom of Assembly and Association

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The rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of association are critical to the functioning of modern democratic societies. Freedom of association guarantees the ability to establish, control and dissolve an association, so as to promote persons' common objectives. The right to freedom of assembly protects persons' and associations' ability to gather in a private or public forum for a specific purpose. There is a close relationship between these human rights, in that it would be difficult to have a meaningful freedom of association without freedom of assembly, and vice versa. The rights to freedom of assembly and association are included in all of the most important international human rights instruments. The European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR) and The International Convention for Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) provide broad and general protection of the freedom of association and peaceful assembly, in similar language.

Keywords:ECHR; freedom of assembly; freedom of association; human rights; ICCPR



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