Special Project

Joint report on the proper management of assemblies

In March 2014, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 25/38. The resolution requests the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to prepare a compilation of practical recommendations for the proper management of assemblies.

To this end, the Special Rapporteurs sought the views of States, relevant United Nations agencies, intergovernmental organizations, other relevant special procedures mandate holders, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations and other relevant stakeholders to identify national, regional and international practices and lessons learned.

In developing those recommendations, the special rapporteurs consulted extensively with relevant stakeholders, as requested by the Council, via questionnaire and participatory consultation. The special rapporteurs held four consultations with State representatives1, and four regional consultations with civil society, national human rights institutions, regional human rights mechanisms and policing and other experts2. A nine-member advisory panel was convened and has provided feedback to the special rapporteurs at various stages of the process.

The Joint report on the proper management of assemblies was presented at the 31st session of the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/31/66). This compilation is aimed at providing guidance on how applicable international human rights standards may be operationalized in domestic law and practice to ensure greater protection of the rights involved. The recommendations are organized around 10 overarching principles, and in each section are preceded by a summary of applicable international standards. The recommendations have been developed with reference to global experience and lessons learned.

See the Joint report on the proper management of assemblies.


1. The first meeting was held in Geneva in June 2015. As a result of a request made by States during that meeting, regional consultations were held for States from Africa and the Middle East (Pretoria) and the Asia and Pacific region (Istanbul, Turkey). A final consultation for all States was convened in Geneva in October 2015, which 54 States attended.

2. These consultations took place in Santiago (Americas and the Caribbean), Pretoria (Africa and Middle East), Istanbul, Turkey (Asia and the Pacific) and Geneva (Europe and Central Asia). More than 90 experts participated in the consultations.