Resources on freedom of assembly

In this section, we are gathering ressources on the topic.

Handbook on Monitoring Freedom of Peaceful Assembly, 2011

Published by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), 2011


Thomas Hammarberg: Pride events are still hindered – this violates freedom of assembly

Statement from Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg:

Gay pride events planned this spring have met with obstacles yet again. Meetings and marches to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons have been banned or subject to threats and violence in Moscow, Bratislava, Vilnius and Chisinau.

LGBT Rights - Freedom of Assembly: diary of events by country (August 2008)

This "diary of events" chronicles the attempts of LGBT communities in the region to exercise their right to freedom of assembly, and the opposition they have met. It is intended as an authoritative record of these events, and as a resource for those working for the rights of the LGBT community in this field, whether LGBT activists, human rights organisations, or parliamentarians and staff in the European institutions.

Prides against Prejudice. A toolkit for pride organising in a hostile environment (September 2006)

This toolkit is intended to provide ideas and information resources for those wanting to organise Pride events in a hostile environment. The need for it has been made clear by the intense hostility faced by many Pride organisers in Central and Eastern Europe. In drawing heavily on their experiences and successes, and matching this input with information on support available from the European institutions and the LGBT community internationally, it aims to underpin the consolidation of progress made so far, and provide the initial know-how for those wishing to arrange events in countries and towns where no Pride events have yet been held.

The struggle to achieve freedom of assembly and expression for LGBT people across Central and Eastern Europe presents enormous challenges, excitement and exhilaration. Hatred and the ever present threat of violence have to be met with great courage and commitment. The photographs included in the toolkit (and provided so willingly by the many photographers) capture the spirit of these important events, honour those who have taken part in them, and will, we hope, inspire many more to take up the cause.

Handbook on Observations of Pride Marches (June 2006)

This Handbook has been designed for people and organisations who are thinking of monitoring human rights abuses occurring during Pride marches. The human rights monitoring technique described here is the observation of marches by independent observers.

The Handbook looks at different aspects of observing Pride marches. It explains briefly the principles of human rights monitoring. It lists relevant human rights instruments which can be invoked when a Pride march is banned or violent. Then it gives some practical advice and tools on human rights monitoring through observation of Pride marches. Once the factual information is collected it is important to gather the information in a report and to send it to the relevant human rights organisation. Information is given on organisations that monitor the implementation of human rights standards and how to approach them. Finally it looks into the possibility of taking cases before courts at national and international level and the challenges attached to this approach.

This Handbook can be used in conjunction with the toolkit on how to organise pride marches in a difficult environment which is available on the ILGA-Europe website.

Guidelines on Freedom of Assembly

Draft OSCE/ODIHR guidelines for drafting laws pertaining to the freedom of assembly. (2/10/04)

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