Guidelines on Freedom of Association and Assembly in Africa

Published: November 10, 2017

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has officially published new guidelines on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association – a landmark document designed to strengthen the promotion and protection of these rights across the continent.

The Guidelines on Freedom of Association and Assembly in Africa provide practical advice on how the rights to freedom of association and assembly should be protected, based on international law and best practices.

The guidelines were developed through a series of consultations throughout Africa, and are envisioned both as an advocacy tool for civil society and as standards for governments drafting new or updated laws. They were officially adopted at the ACHPR’s 60th session in May and formally published at the 61st session on Nov. 3.

ICNL has provided technical and financial support for the drafting process since 2014, and warmly welcomes the publication of the guidelines.

ACHPR Guidelines on freedom of association and assembly cover image - Green and yellow illustration of African continent with a group of people icon.