Call for inputs from the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association for his report to be presented at the 47th session of the Human Rights Council


Deadline:
30 January 2021
Issued by:
Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and association
Purpose:
To inform the SR’s report to be presented to the 47th session of the Human Rights Council

Background

Over the last years, the world has faced a series of severe challenges that have translated into worldwide popular calls for more democratic governance, greater respect for human rights, increased equality, meaningful steps to combat climate change, among others. The need to strengthen assembly and association rights has remained evident. In the mandate’s vision of the world in which everyone, without exception, shall be able to freely join assemblies or associations and demand to improve their lives, it is essential to secure greater accountability of State and non-State actors for violations of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. To this end, lawyers throughout the world have stepped up to represent protesters and civil society organizations that have experienced violations of their rights to freely associate and assemble. The role played by lawyers and their associations is critical to ensure that the fundamental rights of protesters are guaranteed before, during, and after the protests. They also play an important role when associations’ rights are being challenged by the authorities.

Objectives

It is in this context that the Special Rapporteur will devote his next thematic report to the Human Rights Council to be presented at its 47th session in June 2021 to accountability and access to justice in the context of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. The report will focus on the central role that lawyers can play to facilitate the realization of these fundamental freedoms. He therefore wishes to receive inputs, by responding to the annexed questions that will help enriching this upcoming report.

Key questions and types of input sought

The Special Rapporteur therefore wishes to receive inputs, by responding to the following questionnaire to help enrich this upcoming report.

Questionnaire available in English | Français | Español

How and where to submit inputs


E-mail address:
E-mail subject line:
"Submission to 47th HRC session report"
Word limit:
2000 words
File formats:
Word, PDF
Accepted languages:
English, Spanish, French

How inputs will be used

All submissions will be published on the mandate webpage on the OHCHR website, unless otherwise indicated in your submission.