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Janitorial workers exercising their right to protest in front of the MTV building in Santa Monica, California.

The right to protest is a perceived human right arising out of a number of recognized human rights. While no human rights instrument or national constitution grants the absolute right to protest, such a right to protest may be a manifestation of the right to freedom of assembly, the right to freedom of association, and the right to freedom of speech.[1]

Many international treaties contain clear enunciations of these rights. Such agreements include the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights, especially Articles 9 to 11; and the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, especially Articles 18 to 22. However, in these and other agreements the rights of Freedom of assembly, freedom of association, and freedom of speech are subject to certain limitations. For example, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights contains prohibitions on advocacy of "national, racial or religious hatred"; and it allows the restriction of the freedom to assembly if it is necessary "in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public order, the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others." (Articles 20 and 21.)

Protesting, however, is not necessarily violent or a threat to the interests of national security or public safety. Nor is it necessarily civil disobedience, because most protest does not involve violating the laws of the state. Protests, even campaigns of nonviolent resistance or civil resistance, can often have the character (in addition to using nonviolent methods) of positively supporting a democratic and constitutional order. This can happen, for example, when such resistance arises in response to a military coup d'état;[2] or in the somewhat similar case of a refusal of the state leadership to surrender office following defeat in an election.

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... spoke with the Malaysian team management," Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said Friday. "It's inappropriate for any form of protest, etc. in a games venue. We respect everyone's right to protest ... however it is ...


Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:15:00 -0700

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Hurriyet Daily News
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 03:41:15 -0700

A local court has ruled in favor of the 24 children, detained last year for attending Gezi Park protests in the Aegean province of İzmir, claiming that they had the “right” to protest according to Turkey's demonstrations law and the European Convention ...
The Advocate
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:18:45 -0700

A court had ruled likewise, but organizers said they would exercise their right to protest. "Every day is a day that counts" for those living in Gaza, said Olivier Besancenot, former head of the far-left New Anti-Capitalist Party. Gaza has been under ...
Mumbai Mirror
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:26:15 -0700

"We will see what action could be taken against MNS corporators who were indulging in illegal hawking. If there is any provision, then strict action will be taken against them. Everyone has the right to protest, but setting up hawking stalls is a cheap ...
Space News
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:03:24 -0700

By not responding sooner, either as an interested party or to contest the deal, “SpaceX has plainly waived any right to protest the Air Force's acquisition strategy and terms of the sole-source requirements contract,” the motion reads. Allowing the ...
BBC News
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:56:15 -0700

A company that plans to use fracking to extract natural gas in County Fermanagh has been granted an extension to a High Court injunction to stop protesters getting close to a quarry. Tamboran Resources intends to drill an exploratory borehole near ...

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