Obligation

Freedom of Assembly

International and regional treaties recognize freedom of assembly as essential to democratic elections, especially for candidates and political parties.[1] Freedom of assembly may only be restricted under circumstances prescribed by law and necessary in a democratic society.[2] These include:

  • National security;[3]
  • Public safety;[4]
  • Public order (ordre public);[5]
  • Public health and morals;[6]
  • The protection of the rights and freedoms of others.[7]

Relevant Election Parts

Issues


Campaigning Without Interference

  • Relevant Election Parts:
  • Candidacy and Campaigning

Candidates and their supporters were able to assemble freely throughout the campaign period. This obligation included organizing and participating in public rallies and peaceful campaign activities

  • Everyone has the right to peaceful assembly. [?]
  • Political parties, candidates, and citizens have the right to organize and participate in public rallies and conduct legitimate campaigning without undue influence. [?]
  • Everyone is entitled to protection under the law when peacefully opposing acts that violate human rights. [?]
  • Freedom of assembly is integral to fostering communication between citizens and political leaders. [?]

Restrictions on the campaign activities were nondiscriminatory and subject to prompt independent and impartial judicial review

  • Freedom of assembly must be respected in the context of political rallies and meetings. [?]
  • Freedom of assembly may only be restricted under certain circumstances, including in the interest of public health or morals. [?]
  • Freedom of assembly may be restricted under certain circumstances as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society. [?]
  • Freedom of assembly may only be restricted under certain circumstances, including in the interest of protecting the rights and freedoms of others. [?]
  • Freedom of assembly may only be restricted under certain circumstances, including in the interest of public safety/order. [?]
  • Freedom of assembly may only be restricted under certain circumstances, including in the interest of national security. [?]

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