Monitoring the Right to Free Assembly in 9 European Countries – 2017


Recent years have seen an increased number and intensity of protests in the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership region. At the same time, countries have experienced a significant increase in restrictions on the right to peaceful assembly. To ensure systematic monitoring of local laws and implementation, in 2016 our affiliate the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law and its local partners produced the first comprehensive country reports on assembly rights in five Western Balkan countries.

In 2017 ECNL extended the scope of the project and worked with local experts in nine countries on mapping the existing environment for assembly: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia.