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"Sammankomsten" ("The Meeting"), oil painting by Ester Almqvist (sv), original at the Swedish National Museum. the painting was chosen by the UN as a motif for a stamp commemorating the establishment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, paragraph 20: the Right of Assembly
Janitorial workers striking in front of the MTV building in Santa Monica, California. Striking in a trade union is a way of exercising freedom of assembly and freedom of association.
Posted excerpt from the US Constitution, at an Occupy Oakland event, 2011

Freedom of assembly, sometimes used interchangeably with the freedom of association, is the individual right to come together and collectively express, promote, pursue, and defend common interests.[1] The right to freedom of association is recognized as a human right, political right and civil liberty.

Freedom of assembly and freedom of association may be used to distinguish between the freedom to assemble in public places and the freedom of joining an association. Freedom of assembly is often used in the context of the right to protest, while freedom of association is used in the context of labor rights and the Constitution of the United States, is interpreted to mean both the freedom to assemble and the freedom to join an association.[2][not in citation given]

The United States Constitution explicitly provides for 'the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances'" in the First Amendment.

Common constraints on the right to assemble are a class of time place manner regulations. A second type of constraint is the requirement to obtain a permit, where coordination may be needed to ensure public safety.

Human rights instruments[edit]

The freedom of assembly is written about in the following human rights instruments:

Examples of the national and regional constitutions recognizing the freedom of assembly are:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jeremy McBride, Freedom of Association, in The Essentials of... Human Rights, Hodder Arnold, London, 2005, pg.18-20
  2. ^ Freedom Of Assembly
  3. ^ "Constitution of Bangladesh: Chapter III". Prime Minister's Office. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Italian Constitution". The official website of the Presidency of the Italian Republic. 

External links[edit]

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Sunday Leader
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:30:00 -0700

UN Calls For Freedom Of Assembly. The United Nations (UN) has called for the right to peaceful assembly to be protected in Sri Lanka, days after a meeting organised by an NGO with families of the disappeared was disrupted in Maradana. UN Deputy ...


Mon, 18 Aug 2014 01:22:04 -0700

The Special Rapporteur reiterates that arrest and imprisonment of Shabelle and Sky radios Reporters and other staff, is a violation of the right to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression guaranteed by the African Charter, the Declaration, the UN ...
Canton Daily Ledger
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:55:47 -0700

As Labor Day approaches, it's worth noting progressive Democrats' effort to hold accountable employers that break the law. Seventeen members of Congress have introduced legislation that makes free association with unions a Civil Right. email · print.
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:37:30 -0700

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association, Maina Kiai, is in the country for consultations with government institutions responsible for the implementation of the rights under his docket.
CNN (blog)
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:20:05 -0700

"Issues such as addressing racism, racial discrimination and suppression of freedom of assembly, Guantanamo, the use of armed drones, the assassination contracts that have been issued. "I feel that the United States is moving so far away from the ...

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Above the Law
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:14:03 -0700

Whether it's Katrina or Ferguson, lawyers can add their reaction and keen insight based on their knowledge of the law and public affairs. With Ferguson, we have the right to freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, free speech, and civil rights, in ...
Lincoln Journal Star
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:03:45 -0700

“I wanted to ensure that it was a peaceful protest taking place and that we were able to engage in our constitutional right of freedom of assembly, the freedom to engage in protest and dissent that has been provided to us through our American heritage ...

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Creative Loafing Atlanta
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:03:45 -0700

The people in power can say they're not stepping on anyone's right to freedom of assembly. But they can't say they're paying attention. The First Amendment allows us to assemble and protest our government. It doesn't offer total freedom — protesters ...

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