Right to Protest and Organize
Throughout the world individuals face harassment and imprisonment as a result of peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.
Workers also face intimidation for excersizing their right to organize and bargain collectively.
People have the right to organize peaceful protests and demonstrate free from intimidation, unnecessary or excessive force, and the threat of prosecution and detention.
The internet has opened up new possibilities for individuals and groups to organize. Yet, the internet is also a new frontier where freedom of expression is being challenged. Authorities are now cracking down on dissent by restricting internet access and mobile phone services.
Under international law, all workers have a human right to organize and to bargain collectively. These rights are an essential foundation to the realization of other rights, and are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, as well as conventions adopted by the International Labor Organization.
Amnesty International stands in solidarity with those peacefully exercising their right to organize.