The Right to Protest, Freedom of Expression, and Freedom of Association

Posted : 2019-02-15 10:20 Updated : 2019-02-15 10:25
A person dressed in a Spiderman costume takes part in a rally to commemorate the Day of the Youth and to protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela February 12, 2019. Reuters

General view of opposition supporters taking part in a rally to commemorate the Day of the Youth and to protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela February 12, 2019. Reuters

Police block a at street that leads to the U.S embassy during a protest against U.S. intervention in Venezuela, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accuses the United States of trying to orchestrate a coup against him, and that allegation has resonance among many in a region where Washington has a long history of interventions — military and otherwise. AP

Demonstrators try to kick a teargas canister shot by Haitian police in the center of Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on February 12, 2019, as a sixth day of protests against Haitian President Jovenel Moise and the misuse of Petrocaribe funds continued. AFP

A demonstrator holds a sign that says, "I'm hungry, I need food", during a march through the streets of Port-au-Prince, on February 7, 2019. Demonstrators demanded the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, as protesters blocked streets and lit tires during their march in the Haitian capital. The protesters also demonstrated against the Petrocaribe fund, as last week a new report on the spending of money from the Petrocaribe fund was presented. AFP

A demonstrator draped in the Haitian flag, holds up a copy of the Haitian constitution, during a protest to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise and demanding to know how Petro Caribe funds have been used by the current and past administrations, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Much of the financial support to help Haiti rebuild after the 2010 earthquake comes from Venezuela's Petro Caribe fund, a 2005 pact that gives suppliers below-market financing for oil and is under the control of the central government. AP

A young man participates in a protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 10 February 2019. Haiti experienced its fourth consecutive day of violent protests against the government of President Jovenel Moise, while the international community called for dialogue. EPA

Supporters of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), an amalgam of separatist outfits, hold placards with a picture of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front founder Mohammed Maqbool Bhat during a protest march in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 11 February 2019. JRL had called for a shutdown to mark the 35th death anniversary of Mohammed Maqbool Bhat who was hanged in New Delhi's Tihar jail on 11 February 1984, after he was sentenced to death for two murders. EPA

Police officers detain a protester during a rally to demand freedom for political prisoners in Moscow, Russia February 10, 2019. Reuters

Protestors march during a nationwide general strike in Paris, France, 05 February 2019. French labor union General Confederation of Labor (CGT) called for a nationwide general strike in the public and private sector, and also included students, in support of the 'yellow vest' (gilet jaunes) movement. EPA

A man holding a placard reading RIC (the acronym for Citizen's Initiated Referendum) is seen as a riot police vehicle uses a water cannon to disperse protesters during a yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) rally, on February 9, 2019 in Bordeaux, during the 13th consecutive Saturday of demonstrations - The 'Yellow Vest' (Gilets Jaunes) movement in France originally started as a protest about planned fuel hikes but has morphed into a mass protest against French President's policies and top-down style2 of governing. AFP

A protester holding a flare gestures in front of the Eiffel Tower during a demonstration in Paris on February 9, 2019, as the "Yellow Vests" (Gilets Jaunes) protesters take to the streets for the 13th consecutive Saturday. AFP

Activists from the All Assam Students Union (AASU) shout slogans as they burn an effigy depicting India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest against his visit to the state and to demand the withdrawal of a bill passed by India's lower house of parliament that aims to give citizenship to non-Muslims from neighbouring countries, in Guwahati, India, February 9, 2019. The placard reads: "Prime Minister Narendra Modi". Reuters

Palestinian protesters take cover from Israeli tear-gas during clashes after Friday protests near the border between Israel and Gaza Strip, east Gaza, 08 February 2019. According to local media reports, Two Palestinians 14 and 17 years-old boys were shot dead allegedly by Israeli snipers during clashes along the border between Gaza Strip and Israel. Palestinian protesters call for the right of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East to return to homes they fled in the war surrounding the 1948 creation of Israel. EPA

London taxi drivers stage a road block protest on Whitehall, in central London, Britain February 8, 2019. Reuters

A Palestinian protester stands near burning tires during a weekly demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel, in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on February 8, 2019. AFP

Penitentiary system security officers blow into horns during a protest outside the Interior Ministry headquarters in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Policemen, security officers of the penitentiary system and retired military personnel joined a protest asking for better working conditions, safety equipment, salaries and pensions. AP

Indian students from various student organizations participate in a protest rally in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. The march called the "Young India Adhikaar March," or Young India Rights March, was held to demand the government take steps to address what they say is an unemployment crisis. AP

Protestors shout slogans and hold signs during the State of the Union protest at 7th Street and the 110 Freeway overpass in downtown Los Angeles, California on February 05, 2019. - Thousands of people gathered across the United States protest against to the State of the Union delivered by President Donald Trump tonight. AFP

Security officials arrest supporters of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) during a protest in Islamabad, Pakistan, 05 February 2019. PTM supporters were protesting against alleged killing of one of their party's leader during an arrest attempt by the security forces. EPA