UN to increase protection of right to free assembly

The United Nations Human Rights Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to appoint a Special Rapportuer to promote and protect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association across the world.

Reports from the Foreign Ministry say the resolution was introduced to the 15th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva by the Maldivian delegation on behalf of the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria and the United States.

Article 20 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to peaceful assembly and association, and that no one should be compelled to belong to an association.