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Freedom of Assembly

Peaceful assembly is fundamental to healthy and effective democratic institutions. Despite their importance, freedom of assembly protections worldwide are weak, and best practice exchange has been limited.

Freedom of Assembly Design

Global Report – Freedom of Assembly

Peaceful assembly is a bedrock of democratic institutions. It allows people to bring attention to issues, demand change, and get answers from public officials.

ORANGEMEN PARADE TO THE SECURITY BARRIER AT DRUMCREE CHURCH.

Citizen Involvement in Parades in Northern Ireland

Lessons from Reformers: In Northern Ireland, parades, processions, carnivals, and commemorations are core to cultural, political, and religious traditions. Unfortunately, parades have been marred by– and are sometimes the impetus for– sectarian violence.

Protecting Civic Space: A Private Sector Priority

Space, both physical and intellectual, for people to think, speak, and act freely is shrinking around the world. Today, only four percent of the global population live in countries with open civic space. And threats to civic space within those…


Introduction & Overview

Peaceful assembly is fundamental to healthy and effective democratic institutions. It is the collective right to express, promote, pursue, and defend common interests without fear of retribution – in public or private, both online and off.

Despite their importance, freedom of assembly protections worldwide are weak, and best practice exchange has been limited. This creates a significant opportunity for OGP countries, as a majority continue to experience challenges and very few currently have related commitments.


Resources

  1. Global Report - Freedom of Assembly

    2019, Document, PDF

  2. Working together to protect civic space

    There can be no doubt that we are witnessing a global trend that devalues and restricts the role civil society…

    2015, Stories, Web Page

  3. Help shape OGP’s future

    We are excited to invite the open government community and general public to the consultations on strategic policy areas for…

    2018, Stories, Web Page

  4. Protecting Civic Space: A Private Sector Priority

    Space, both physical and intellectual, for people to think, speak, and act freely is shrinking around the world. Today, only…

    2018, Stories, Web Page


OGP Global Report Data

The data below is drawn from the 2019 OGP Global Report. You can view and learn more about the report here.

These are members making OGP commitments to improve their performance in the respective policy area. As members that have demonstrated political commitment through OGP, the next step is ensuring that implemented commitments have maximal impact.

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Indicates that member has a starred commitment in this policy area.


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