Report "Freedom of assembly in post-soviet states"

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This report presents the main trends in the practical implementation of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in recent years in four countries of the post-soviet states: Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

In recent years, protest movements have intensi ed in the post-soviet states – the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine (2013-2014); anti-corruption protests in Russia (2017) and Moldova (2015); unproportional activity of Law-Enforcement agencies in Belarus in preparation for the annual action «Freedom Day» (2017) – which raised new challenges for the government, whose duty is to ensure the right to peaceful assembly.

The material will bene t everyone who is interested in the issues of compliance with international human rights standards in sphere of peaceful gatherings and role of Law-Enforcement agencies on guarantee public order during them.

The report was prepared speci cally for the annual Conference of the Of ce for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Warsaw in 2017.

This report is an attempt to brie y present the main trends in the practical implementation of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in recent years. It was important for the authors of the materials presented in the report to cover key types of government reactions to citizens’ activities, to give examples of successful peaceful assemblies held by activists, as well as examples of meetings whose participants faced problems in realizing their right to freedom of peaceful assembly.The main focus of this report is on mechanisms that actually restrict the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, formal and informal practices of law enforcement agencies while ensuring public order for peaceful protests.The nal part of each report contains recommendations that the authors provide to the authorities to improve the situation with freedom of peaceful assembly. 

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