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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.

Like other rights, freedom of assembly is not absolute. For example, the State of Wisconsin has been arresting protesters in the State capital since July 2013, after declaring the protests to be unlawful due to the protesters not obtaining a permit.[3][4][5][6]

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]


External links[edit]

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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:33:45 -0700

Four opposition politicians were detained today after a peaceful rally turned violent when protesters responded to the notoriously brutal guards sent to disperse the crowd by fighting back with clubs and rocks. Police officials and rights monitors said ...

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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -0700

In a 2012 article in the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, “Tavern Talk & the Origins of the Assembly Clause,” I argued that we owe our First Amendment freedom of assembly to the gatherings that took place in colonial American taverns before ...
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:18:45 -0700

Freedom of Assembly has one less person to stand with others — 50 years after he risked his life as a young man in defense of those marching peaceably for justice. And the Right to Petition peaceably for change has one less champion to call out to ...

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:09:17 -0700

Another unnamed protester said: “Simon, Kelly and Hattie are being persecuted for exercising their rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of speech; we have to act before this becomes the norm not just in Birmingham, but nationwide.” The University ...

Arab News

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:18:45 -0700

The US today asked Sri Lanka to take immediate steps to curb harassment of journalists and protect their rights as organisers of a US-funded media workshop for Tamils received death threats and had to cancel the programme for a third time since May.


Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:03:45 -0700

"Regardless of the resources a country possesses, if you don't have a basic system of rule of law, of respect for civil rights and human rights, if you don't respect basic freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, if you don't have those basic ...
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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:03:45 -0700

The opening up of democratic space for people to exercise their rights to freedom of opinion and expression and to freedom of assembly and association is widely acknowledged as one significant achievement in Myanmar's continuing reform process. Yet, in ...


Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:30:00 -0700

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