Call for Input: The Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Context of Peaceful Protests

Deadline: 15 October 2019

Issued by: OHCHR

Purpose: Thematic Report

Resolution: Human Rights Council resolution 38/11

Presented to: Human Rights Council

When: 44th session, June 2020

Why this call for input? At its thirty-eighth session, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 38/11 in which it requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a report on new technologies, including information and communications technology, and their impact on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of assemblies, including peaceful protests, and to submit it to the Human Rights Council prior to its forty-fourth session.

Scope of study and key questions:  The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in line with Council resolution 38/11, seeks the views of all States and relevant partners, such as United Nations agencies, regional organizations, national human rights institutions, civil society organizations, and relevant special procedures of the Human Rights Council. In this regard, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights would be most grateful to receive any relevant information with regard to the preparation of the report, including information concerning the following:

1. Laws, policies and programmes that have been developed to address the impact of new technologies, including information and communications technology, on human rights in the context of assemblies, including peaceful protests;

2. Effective uses of such technologies as enablers of the exercise of human rights in the context of assemblies, including peaceful protests (e.g. how new technologies have facilitated the organisation of assemblies, including peaceful protests);

3. The human rights challenges posed by interferences with the availability and use of such technologies in the context of assemblies, including peaceful protests (e.g. through networks disruptions, blocking of internet services or restrictions on secure and confidential communications);

4. The human rights challenges posed by the use of new technologies, including information and communications technology, in the context of assemblies, including peaceful protests (e.g. the use  of surveillance and monitoring tools by the authorities, including biometrics-based recognition technology to identify protestors).

5. The impact on human rights of the use of new less-lethal weapons and ammunition technology in the context of assemblies, including peaceful protests.

Any additional information regarding the topic of the resolution would be welcome.

Format, length and languages: There are no restrictions on format and length and submissions may be sent in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.

How and where to submit: Please send any information to: registry@ohchr.org.

Please note that, unless requested otherwise, the information provided will be made available for consultation on the Office's website at www.ohchr.org.

Responses received:


States:

  1. Armenia 1-2
  2. Ecuador 1-2-3-4  
  3. Georgia
  4. Guyana
  5. Italy
  6. Jordan 1-2
  7. Lebanon
  8. Mauritius
  9. North Macedonia
  10. Oman
  11. Qatar
  12. Romania
  13. Serbia
  14. Switzerland

Intergovernmental organizations:

  1. OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights 1-2
  2. Organization of American States, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression  

Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council

  1. Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  2. Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy 1   

National Human Rights Institutions

  1. Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, Mexico 1-2
  2. Danish Institute for Human Rights
  3. Defensoria del Pueblo de la Nación Argentina
  4. National Human Rights Commission, India
  5. Netherlands Institute for Human Rights
  6. South African Human Rights Commission
  7. Scottish Human Rights Commission 1-2-3-4
  8. Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights 1-2

Civil Society, including Non-Governmental Organisations

  1. Access Now
  2. Al Sur
  3. Amman Center for Human Rights Studies
  4. Amnesty International
  5. ARTICLE 19 Office for Mexico and Central America
  6. Asociación por los Derechos Civiles
  7. Association for Monitoring Equal Rights
  8. Association for Progressive Communications
  9. Comisión para los Derechos Humanos del Estado Zulia
  10. Digital Rights Foundation
  11. European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) Stichting
  12. Human Rights House Foundation
  13. International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations
  14. Metamorphosis Foundation for Internet and Society
  15. Omega Research Foundation
  16. Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms
  17. Privacy International
  18. PROTEGE QV 1-2
  19. Public Advocacy
  20. Sin Mordaza 1-2
  21. Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria
  22. WITNESS