Freedom of association and peaceful assembly must be recognised as an enabling right that fosters inclusive development. The social movements that have flooded the streets of the Arab Spring have the potential to democratise the state and secure the democratic transition. The right to assemble and organise is a precondition for the defense of collective rights and remains at the core of any functioning democratic system.
SOLIDAR members and partners across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are organising a wide range of activities at the national level to raise awareness about the gaps and violations of freedom of association and peaceful assembly that continue to pose serious threats to civil, political and social dialogue, and therefore undermine the potential for real and genuine democratic transition.
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