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Part III Substantive Guarantees, 17 Protection of Participation in Political Life

From: The Law of International Human Rights Protection (2nd Edition)

Walter Kälin, Jörg Künzli

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 16 July 2024

Subject(s):
Freedom of association — Political expression — Right to peaceful assembly

This chapter deals with political rights. Political rights, understood in a broad sense, are designed to enable people to communicate as freely as possible with others and to enjoy, as far as possible, equality of opportunity under the law to participate in shaping their social context. The right of free access to all sources of desired information without state interference and the right to form and express one's own opinions are both protected by the freedom of expression. Of equal importance for the formation of opinions and their public manifestation is the right, protected by freedom of assembly, to meet freely with other persons, be it for a private meeting or for a demonstration on public grounds. Lastly, free political activity depends on like-minded people being able to join together in political parties or other organizations. This right is protected by the freedom of association.

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