Freedom of Assembly
The right to peaceful assembly, like the right to freedom of expression, is one of the fundamental values of a democratic society. This right ensures that an active civil society can publicly express its views and participate in democratic processes. Freedom of assembly includes both the right to participate in the event and the right to organise it. The right to freedom of assembly is not absolute and may be restricted. It should also be borne in mind that international law only protects the right to peaceful assembly.
Example: Citizens want to gather at the local council building to express their views on a topical issue, such as changes in the school network. However, the application to the City Council to hold a protest action is refused.