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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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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:35:32 -0700

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday the Justice Department would protect the rights of peaceful protesters and journalists in Ferguson, Missouri. The St. Louis suburb has been engulfed in chaos and violent clashes in the days following the fatal ...

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Sky News Australia
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:18:45 -0700

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek has drawn parallels between a heated protest at Adelaide University and community anger over the Abbott government's budget. Protesters tore down a security fence outside the lecture theatre where Prime Minister ...
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -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 ...

Gulf Times

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 ...
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:41:15 -0700

Their people were telling them that they needed it open for access to the base, ingress and egress.” Hendrik Voss, national organizer for SOA Watch, was unavailable for comment late Thursday. He has said the group has a First Amendment right to protest ...

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The Guardian
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:52:30 -0700

Police have applied to the supreme court to stop a pro-Palestinian protest at the Israeli Film Festival in Sydney, in a move organisers have described as an attack on their right to protest. Palestine Action Group Sydney has organised the protest for ...

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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 ...
The Nation
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:52:30 -0700

The right to protest springing from the freedom of congregation and speech, is an important civil liberty, and it's not the agitation that threatens democracy but intolerance towards dissent. Historically and the world over, democratic political ...

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