10 Principles Civil Society Guide: How To Advocate For Better Management Of Assemblies

Published: January 2017

This follow-up publication to the joint report on the proper management of assemblies by Special Rapporteurs Maina Kiai and Christof Heyns is designed to help civil society organizations use the report to advance human rights in the context of assemblies. It provides suggestions, tools and inspiration to CSOs as they consider how they might push for the implementation of the practical recommendations in their own context.

The Guide is divided into four parts. Section 1 is an introduction of the practical recommendations report. Section 2 focuses on how CSOs might determine authorities’ current and ongoing level of compliance with the practical recommendations, and links to another document developed by the mandate – the 10 Principles Checklist (a tool that allows users to determine which practical recommendations are already in place in their countries and to assess how well authorities manage assemblies).

Section 3 discusses methods for gathering the evidence necessary for monitoring compliance and building advocacy arguments. Lastly, Section 4 provides real-life examples of research and advocacy tactics which have been used to advance rights in the context of protests.