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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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MWC News

MWC News
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:09:27 -0700

Citing the right to protest in the United States, the agitation leaders, Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri, after staging a sit-in in Islamabad for more than two weeks, decided on Saturday night to storm the Prime Minister House and the National Parliament.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:07:37 -0700

The response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri this week have some asking if the police may be too militarized or even violated people's rights. KSFY News spoke with an attorney about our rights as citizens. KSFY News first spoke with local police and ...
China Post
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:07:30 -0700

The NCC also said that ERA should respond to the protest positively since it is labors' right to protest legally in this way. In addition, the two sides should continue communicating about this issue until final decisions are made and accepted by both ...


Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:22:30 -0700

Khan stated that the right to protest is a constitutional right and happens everywhere in the world, ‎and Prime Ministers have resigned in foreign countries wherever they were blamed but this PM would ‎never do so. He added that Federal Interior Minister ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 09:59:57 -0700

“Reverend Sharpton has a right to protest in a public place appropriate for demonstrations, but the Verrazano Bridge is not one of them. There is no pedestrian walkway and a protest could not occur without complete closure of the bridge and massive ...
Victorville Daily Press
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:49:03 -0700

“We make sure the citizens are safe and, as long as it's peaceful, it is their right to (protest). That being said (the deputies) will have a plan in case things don't stay peaceful.” Dante Parker's father, Darrell Parker, also stressed the importance ...

Channel News Asia

Sun, 17 Aug 2014 08:56:15 -0700

Hong Kong, a former British colony, was handed back to China in 1997 under an agreement that guarantees civil liberties including the right to protest. The city's leader is currently chosen by a pro-Beijing committee. China says that all residents will ...


Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:13:11 -0700

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