The Right to Dissent: International law obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the right to participate in public affairs by engaging in criticism, opposition and dissent | Advance Edition for Consulation

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Right to Dissent

LRWC has released for consultation, an advance edition of The Right to Dissent: International law obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the right to participate in public affairs by engaging in criticism, opposition and dissent. The Right to Dissent explains the international human rights law provisions that guarantee the right to dissent as an essential part of democratic rights and impose on states duties to respect, protect and fulfill such rights and to prevent unlawful restrictions. These rights are routinely misunderstood and violated, often with dire consequences for protesters.

The Right to Dissent is intended to provide lawyers, activists, human rights workers, police, public servants, corporate actors, jurists and others with the knowledge and tools necessary to better ensure rights, protect the lives and liberty of activists, enable meaningful participation in public life and promote the rule of law through enhancing knowledge and awareness of international human rights law concerning the right to dissent.

LRWC welcomes feedback. Please send comments to lrwc@portal.ca before 15 August 2016. The final version of the Right to Dissent Guidebook will be published in September 2016.