"Individuals must be free to participate in shaping decisions that will effect them and in policy formation during times of crisis as at other times; public participation is crucial to surmount any crisis, and civil society must be regarded as an essential partner of governments in this endeavor."
DocumentUN (OHCHR), OAS, OSCE (ODIHR), ACHPR, OAS (IACHR), OSCE: Joint Declaration on the Right to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association , para. 1.g
- Everyone has the right to participate in the public affairs of his/her country.
- Everyone has the right to submit to governmental bodies, agencies, and organizations criticisms and proposals for improving their function.
- States should involve civil society organizations and facilitate their effective participation in public decision-making processes.