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OSCE Human Dimension Committee on freedom of peaceful assembly, 15 June 2021
 
   
 
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OSCE Human Dimension Committee on freedom of peaceful assembly,

15 June 2021

 

 

  • Thank you all for a very interesting conversation, and thank you particularly to Ambassador Karlsen for organizing this very relevant discussion.
  • I think that the past year, and our discussion today, has served as clear evidence of why we cannot take long-agreed fundamental freedoms for granted. We may all agree that there is a basic right to peaceful assembly, but as we have heard today, there are some important complexities to consider. We cannot be complacent.
  • Interestingly, in February 2019 – almost a year before any of us had heard the word COVID – our committee in the Parliamentary Assembly held a special debate focused precisely on the scope of legitimate restrictions during times of emergency. I hope we keep these topics high on all of our agendas.
  • I don’t think that anybody on this call today was surprised to hear that COVID has presented particular challenges to the enjoyment of the right to peaceful assembly. As we all faced lockdowns due to this threat, it is understandable. However, this cannot become the new norm. And we cannot accept associated restrictions, such as on journalistic reporting on assemblies. The repeated cases we have heard about of violence against journalists covering protests is also a very concerning development that requires our dedicated attention.
  • We must continue to fight for and apply the approach that the freedom is fundamental and always comes first.
  • Unfortunately, we see that this is not always the case. Some of you will have seen that I have had to issue several public statements of concern recently related to respect for fundamental freedoms. Just two weeks ago, I unfortunately had to raise concerns about legal changes in Belarus making authorization requirements more stringent for mass events, and banning live reporting from unauthorized demonstrations.
  • I want to reiterate that any limitations imposed by the state must serve the interest of the people’s enjoyment of their rights. In its most recent Declaration, the OSCE PA called attention to and specifically urged that fundamental freedoms “be protected from politically motivated interference, restrictions or retaliation as an essential basis for the sharing of opinions, ideas and knowledge envisaged by the Helsinki Final Act”.
  • I find the discussion related to freedom of assembly in the online sphere particularly important. So much of our lives – including this meeting – take place online, and we cannot allow our respect for rights to lag behind reality. I would encourage this committee to actively explore this field further, and I will also work to bring this conversation into Parliamentary Assembly discussions.
  • I’m therefore particularly pleased with the growing ties between this Human Dimension Committee and our human rights committee in the Parliamentary Assembly. I hope we can continue to strengthen these ties to ensure that the insights you develop can also benefit Members of Parliament who regularly need to address these issues in our home parliaments.
  • Thank you again for this opportunity, and for the very interesting discussion. I look forward to continued close co-operation.
 
 
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