Association with a political party must be voluntary.
- 1. Every individual shall have the right to free association provided that he abides by the law. 2. Subject to the obligation of solidarity provided for in 29 no one may be compelled to join an association.
- The Court observes that this aspect of General Comment No. 25 refers to the obligation not to limit the exercise of these rights unreasonably by requiring candidates to be members of parties or to belong to specific parties. This is a factual assumption that is distinct from exclusive registration by the candidates’ parties. In the instant case, neither the norm that is alleged to be contrary to the Convention, nor other COFIPE norms establish as a legal requirement the need to be a member of a political party in order to register a candidacy and allows political parties to request the registration of candidacies of individuals who are not their members; that is, external candidacies.
- 1. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. 2. No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
- Everyone must be free to choose to be a member of a political party or not and to choose which party to join.