The LRC Protest Info. Resources section provides you with up-to-date legal resources on protest from the domestic, regional, and international levels.
RESOURCES FOR ACTIVISTS
UNHRC | Civil Society Guide to the proper management of assemblies (2017)
This Guide aims to help civil society organizations (CSOs) use the compilation to advance the protection and promotion of human rights in the context of assemblies domestically. It provides suggestions, tools and inspiration to CSOs as they consider how they might push for the implementation of the practical recommendations in their own context.
The Activist's Guide to the Right to Protest (Right2Know Campaign) 2015
This is the 2nd edition of R2K’s Right to Protest Guidebook, which was in turn a reproduction of material produced by the Anti-Privatisation Forum in 2007. The Guide is divided into 4 sections. Section 1 provides basic information about any
gatherings that can be seen as a form of protest, contestation or criticism in a public space. It explains the legal definition of a “gathering” and the legal rights and duties of the organisers. Section 2 is a new addition to the Guide, focusing on police
brutality and the rules and regulations that govern the police at protests. Section 3 gives a basic explanation of court processes that may follow an arrest and what to do in those situations. Section 4 gives some general advice on protecting the right to protest, and some useful contacts for further information.
COE - Report on the Urgent Need to Prevent Human Rights Violations During Peaceful Protests (2016)
The report stresses that the European Convention on Human Rights, as interpreted by the Court, has
established clear positive and negative obligations for State Parties. Member States are called upon to review
existing legislation with a view to bringing it into conformity with the Convention and other international human
rights instruments regarding the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and to regulate the use of tear gas
and other “less lethal” weapons more strictly. It also proposes that member States adopt and implement a
human rights-based approach to policing protests, in particular through training police in the use of nonviolent,
dialogue-oriented crowd control methods, and effectively investigate and adequately sanction all
instances of ill-treatment committed by law-enforcement officials.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948. It sets out fundamental human rights to be universally protected, including the "right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association" in article 20.
Kinetic impact projectiles (KIPs), often called rubber or plastic bullets, are regularly used in crowd-control settings around the world. These weapons were developed in an effort to allow security and law enforcement personnel to keep physical distance between them and the individual or group they were trying to control.
Typically referred to as water cannons, various types of water hoses either connected to in-ground water supplies or mobile bladders (often on trucks) have been used since the early 1700s, initially for fighting fires and later also for dispersing crowds or limiting access to certain areas.
Known as the “active denial system” (ADS), these are electromagnetic heating devices that deliver very high-frequency milliliter wavelength electromagnetic rays that heat skin on contact and cause a painful, burning sensation.