Best practices that promote and protect the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association 2012, para. 12
The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association serve as a vehicle for the exercise of many other civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. The rights are essential components of democracy as they empower men and women to "express their political opinions, engage in literary and artistic pursuits and other cultural, economic and social activities, engage in religious observances or other beliefs, form and join trade unions and cooperatives, and elect leaders to represent their interests and hold them accountable" (Council resolution 15/21, preamble). Such interdependence and interrelatedness with other rights make them a valuable indicator of a State's respect for the enjoyment of many other human rights.
Non-negotiated soft law
Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association
Special Procedures' report
Means of adoption
Civil & Political Rights
Equality & Inclusion
SR Freedom of Assembly, Report to the HRC (2012), A/HRC/20/27, para. 12.