How might this right be relevant to my life?
The right to freedom of assembly and association protects your right to organise and take part in peaceful meetings, marches and demonstrations. It protects your right to be part of ‘associations’ such as clubs, societies, political parties, religious organisations and trade unions. It also means nobody can force you to join one of these types of groups. The right to freedom of assembly and association is about promoting democracy.
Some examples of when your right to freedom of assembly and association might be at risk include:
- Peaceful demonstrations being disproportionately restricted by police.
- Lack of support or protection from public services in organising peaceful protests when prior notice has been given.
- Being treated unfairly by a public authority for being a member of a trade union – the right to be free from discrimination (Article 14) would also be relevant here.
You can ask the public official about their decision or action and ask them to tell you how it was lawful, legitimate and proportionate.
If you can think of a way to deal with this situation or decision that is less restrictive to you then you can raise it with the public official as the decision may not be proportionate.