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New Tech Use and Impact on Assemblies

New technologies have become instrumental and increasingly important to the right to peaceful assemblies. This trend has been accelerated by the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. ICT and AI technologies provide many possibilities to enable and facilitate the organization of protests, but also have a downside effect by allowing States and private actors to restrict the right of peaceful assemblies.

The UN Human Rights Council addressed the issue by publishing its report on the Impact of new technologies on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of assemblies, including peaceful protests.

Click here for our user-friendly briefer (in pdf) that gives a short summary on the full OHCHR Thematic Report including recommendations to states and businesses on how to comply with international law to respect all human rights, or read below:

new tech use and impact on assemblies