The Article 20 Network defends and advances the human right to freedom of peaceful assembly worldwide.
Through direct action, education, research and legal services, the Article 20 Network encourages the proliferation of public demonstrations and fights back against obstacles and threats to our human right to peacefully assemble.
The practice of peaceful assembly broadens appeal for social, political and economic change; builds and strengthens community and solidarity; and promotes culture, tolerance and pluralism.
Peaceful assembly is the voice of the voiceless, the power of the powerless.
Yet peaceful assemblies are maligned, restricted and met with violence every day. The obstacles and threats to peaceful assembly are many.
Bullying and violence by warrior police. Free speech zones. Surveillance. Misinformation. Press and internet blackouts. Kidnapping, indefinite imprisonment, exile, torture and murder. Permit schemes, park fees, insurance requirements, and time, place and manner restrictions. Public spaces that are commercialized, militarized and diminished.