Everyone has the right to establish a political party.
- Every woman has the right to the recognition, enjoyment, exercise and protection of all human rights and freedoms embodied in regional and international human rights instruments. These rights include, among others: …h. The right to freely associate.
- Political parties shall be formed and shall have the right to carry out their activities freely, within the limits of the law. Their formation and activities shall not be based on ethnic, religious, regional or racial considerations. They shall participate freely and without hindrance or discrimination in any electoral process. The freedom of the opposition shall be guaranteed.
- The States party to the Convention commit themselves to: g) facilitate formation of political parties and their free legal activity, to regulate in terms of legislation financing of political parties and the election process, to assure that the law and governmental policy provide for separation between the party and state, for conducting election campaigns in the atmosphere of freedom and fairness that allow parties and candidates to exercise a free expression of their views and assessments, election programmes (platforms), and allow voters to get acquainted with them, to discuss them and to vote for or against them freely, nor being afraid of penalty or any prosecution whatsoever.
- State Parties shall implement this Charter in accordance with the following principles: 11. Strengthening political pluralism and recognising the role, rights and responsibilities of legally constituted political parties, including opposition political parties, which should be given a status under national law.
- The right to freedom of association, including the right to form and join organizations and associations concerned with political and public affairs, is an essential adjunct to the rights protected by Article 25 of ICCPR.
- Respect the right of individuals and groups to establish, in full freedom, their own political parties or other political organizations and provide such political parties and organizations with the necessary legal guarantees to enable them to compete with each other on a basis of equal treatment before the law and by the authorities.
- Older persons should be able to form movements or associations of older persons.
- At the beginning of the new century and millennium, we reaffirm our commitment to the promotion of democracy and its core values in our respective countries. In particular, we undertake to work with renewed determination to enforce individual and collective freedoms, including the right to form and join political parties and trade unions, in conformity with the constitution.
- [Member states should] protect and promote the equal civil and political rights of women and men, including running for office and freedom of association.
- The legislative framework for elections should provide for the right of all individuals and groups to establish, in full freedom, their own political parties or other political organizations with legal guarantees to enable them to compete with each other on a basis of equitable treatment before the law.
- In summary, the commitments require states to: respect the right to establish political parties, and ensure that the parties can compete on the basis of equal treatment before the law and by the authorities.
- In particular, States should: ...Provide for the formation and free functioning of political parties, possibly regulate the funding of political parties and electoral campaigns, ensure the separation of party and State, and establish the conditions for competition in legislative elections on an equitable basis.
- Any arbitrary or discriminatory application of the law for the purpose of damaging specific political forces, undermines respect for human rights.
- Respect for fundamental rights a. Democratic elections are not possible without respect for human rights, in particular freedom of expression and of the press, freedom of circulation inside the country, freedom of assembly and freedom of association for political purposes, including the creation of political parties.
- It [freedom of association] should guarantee not only the right to form political parties but also guarantee the formation of organs of civil society such as non-governmental organizations and cultural organizations that may support or represent national minorities in a society. The concept of freedom of association includes a number of subsidiary rights. They include: The right to form a political party or association; The right to join a political party or association; The right to participate in the lawful activities of a political party or association.
- The legal framework must create the conditions for full engagement of freedom of association by citizens.