General Comment No.37 on the right of peaceful assembly

The UN Human Rights Committee is currently developing a General Comment on article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, on freedom of assembly. Prof Heyns serves as Rapporteur for the new General Comment.

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This ties in with a number of other initiatives linked to the Institute.

See for example on the initiative to develop UN Guidelines on Less Lethal Weapons

On the police use of force see

Human Rights Council Reports

  2011 Report to the Human Rights Council by Christof Heyns as Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions dealing with the policing of demonstrations

  2016 Joint report to the Human Rights Council by the Special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and the Special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, dealing with the proper management of assemblies

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  Comments at the Initial Half Day of Discussion on General Comment 37

Half-day general discussion in preparation for a General Comment on the right of peaceful assembly
Christof Heyns, Rapporteur - Welcoming remarks, 20 March 2019



Human Rights Committee's 125th session - March 2019

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After the adoption of General Comment 36 on the right to life, the Human Rights Committee decided to start the drafting of General Comment 37 on the right of peaceful assembly (article 21 of the ICCPR). The rapporteur for the new General Comment is Christof Heyns.

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