The Right to Protest
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The freedom to call for change, and to amplify that call through mass mobilization, is vital for open and rights-respecting societies.
Protests enable people to air grievances, express opinions, petition for remedies for wrongdoing, and to publicly demand accountability. Through protest, those who have been silenced, disempowered or disenfranchised can claim their voice, their strength and their political power.
Yet protests around the world are being met with obstruction, repression, punishment, and other forms of restrictions. Many people sense that these restrictions are often wrong. But do you know why they're wrong, and what alternatives you can rightfully demand?
You will know this and more after taking this introductory course on the right to protest. You will be able to outline the human rights standards and principles that provide protection, and you will be able to identify which infringements on the freedom to protest are human rights violations. Most importantly, you will be able to defend the right to protest by taking action based on what you learn in this course.
Be prepared for active learning, connecting with course participants from around the world, and becoming part of a global community dedicated to defending human rights!
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The scope of the right to protest
How the right to protest is protected by international law
Common challenges to the right to protest
Standards for adequate and rights-respecting policing practices
Tips for staying safe and secure while participating in protests
How you can take action to defend the right to protest