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Zimbabwe: Court Declares Law Empowering Police to Ban Public Demonstrations Indefinitely Unconstitutional

(Nov. 20, 2018) On October 18, 2018, the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe, the highest court in the land on all constitutional matters, found unconstitutional a provision in the 2002 Public Order and Security Act (POSA) that essentially empowers local police to indefinitely ban public demonstrations in their jurisdictions.  (Carmel Richkard, A New Chapter for Human Rights […]

Turkey: Ban on LGBTI Group Gatherings in Capital Province

(Dec. 27, 2017) A press release issued on November 19, 2017, by the Governorship of Ankara Province in Turkey announced an indefinite ban as of November 18 on certain events held by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) non-governmental organizations. (Yasaklama Kararına Iliskin Basin Duyurusu [Press Release Regarding Prohibition Decision] (Press Release), Ankara Governorship […]

Egypt: House of Representatives to Vote to Amend Anti-Protest Law

(Apr. 21, 2017) Members of the Egyptian House of Representatives announced on March 29, 2017, that they are planning to cast the final votes on the amendments to Law No. 107 of 2013, known as the Anti-Protest Law. (Law No. 107 of 2013, 47 AL-JARIDAH AL-RASMIYAH (duplicate) (Nov. 24, 2013, at 2 (in Arabic).) The […]

Egypt: Supreme Constitutional Court Rules Law Regulating Public Gatherings to Be Unconstitutional

(Dec. 19, 2016) On December 3, 2016, the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court decided that article 10 of Law no. 107 of 2013, known as “the Protest Law,” violates the Egyptian Constitution of 2014.  (Law No.107 of 2013, 47 AL-JARĪDAH AL-RASMĪYYAH (duplicate) (Nov. 24, 2013, at 2 (in Arabic).)  The Court stated that article 10 is […]

Maldives: President Ratifies First Amendment of Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act

(Oct. 18, 2016) On August 23, 2016, the President of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, ratified the first amendment made to the country’s Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act. The amendment stipulates that street protests, marches, parades, and “other such gatherings can only be held with written permission from the police, or in areas designated by […]