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National security and civic space in Asia
An event jointly organized by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Franciscans International, CIVICUS and OMCT.

In a report to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2018, the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association identified the increasing use of legislation, in particular national security and counter-terrorism legislation as one of the growing trends that have contributed to the limitation of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association globally. Three years after the report, the situation has been a proliferation of national security and counter-terrorism laws across Asia, at the expense of fundamental human rights. In several Asian countries, constitutional and legal protections for freedom of assembly and of association have been completely abrogated or severely curtailed with vague laws and regulations that purportedly protect national security or counter-terrorism. These laws have been disproportionately used to silence the legitimate work of human rights defenders and civil society organizations and criminalize peaceful human rights advocacy.

Join UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of association and peaceful assembly Clement Voule and human rights defenders from India, the Philippines and West Papua to discuss the impact of national security and counterterrorism legislation on civic space in Asia and to make recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council, States and civil society on ensuring human rights protection in the context of national security and counterterrorism.

Jul 8, 2021 11:00 AM in Zurich

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