UN Special Rapporteur’s Report on Best Practices in Promoting Assembly and Association Rights


In this report (A/HRC/20/27), Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai’s first to the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur highlights best practices worldwide that promote and protect the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, covering areas such as:

  • The definition of “peaceful assembly” and “association”
  • The presumption in favor of allowing peaceful assemblies
  • Notification vs. authorization of peaceful assemblies
  • The right to be protected from undue interference during assemblies
  • Building capacity of law enforcement
  • The rights of monitors and journalists in the context of peaceful assemblies
  • The right to form and join an association, including unregistered associations
  • The right to operate an association freely and be protected from undue interference
  • The right for associations to access funding and resources
  • The right to take part in public affairs
  • Termination, suspension and dissolution of associations
  • The right to an adequate remedy

The report also provides recommendations and conclusions regarding best practices and provides an overview of the Special Rapporteur’s activities during the first year of his mandate.