UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly releases annual report on the status of these rights in 2016

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association has submitted a report to the UNHRC on the status of assembly and association rights in the year 2016. The report started with a note of caution from the Special Rapporteur about the global struggle that has been witnessed through the increased clamping down on civic freedoms and a push for assembly and association rights to promote these values.

In discussing India’s restrictions on foreign funding, the report states that the FCRA legislation does not comply with international law in the aspect that its restrictions on funding are not minimal and necessary. The Special Rapporteur in fact submitted a legal analysis to the government of India arguing for better compliance with international law.