We defend the human right to freedom of peaceful assembly worldwide.
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.
And it works. 37% of peaceful assemblies achieve their aims.
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.