World Movement Submits General Comment on the Right to Peaceful Assembly and Association

March 22, 2019
Initiative Activity

On March 11, 2019, the World Movement for Democracy submitted a general comment on Article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), outlining the rights of peaceful assembly and association established by international law and regional norms. The World Movement’s response focuses on the right of individuals and associations, including civil society activists and organizations, who plan and participate in assemblies, to seek and receive resources by legal means from domestic and foreign donors to support their statutory activities.


The World Movement’s general comment was coordinated by the following individuals and member organizations:

  • Acción Solidaria, Venezuela
  • ActionAid International, South Africa
  • Andrew Khoo, Malaysia
  • Arab NGO Network for Development, Lebanon
  • Asian Democracy Network, South Korea
  • Assembly of pro-democratic NGOs, Belarus
  • Brot für die Welt, Germany
  • Center for Civil Liberties, Ukraine Center for Development and Democracy, Georgia
  • Civic Space Institute, United States
  • CIVILIS Human Rights, Venezuela
  • Debebe Hailegebriel Law Office, Ethiopia
  • Free Sight Association, Tunisia
  • Fundación Ciudadanía y Desarrollo, Ecuador
  • Fundación Pachamama, Ecuador
  • HAKI Africa, Kenya
  • Ichal Supriadi, Indonesia
  • Khalid Hussein, Kenya
  • Maina Kiai, Kenya
  • NewSETA, Cameroon
  • Network for Chinese Human Rights Defenders, China
  • NIDA Civic Movement, Azerbaijan
  • Secretariat of the World Movement for Democracy, United States
  • Terra Mater, Ecuador
  • Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research, Ukraine
  • Uttam Uprety, Nepal