Special Rapporteurs Kiai and Heyns Join Forces to Draft Recommendations on Managing Protests

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Special Rapporteurs Maina Kiai and Christof Heyns have embarked on a new joint project aimed at compiling a set of practical recommendations for the proper management of assemblies worldwide. Public assemblies are a central feature of the modern world but often boil over and lead to bloodshed. Societies are often not sure how best to deal with such protests and the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) wants to provide guidance in this regard. The project – which was mandated by HRC Resolution 25/38 in 2014 – will run throughout 2015, with the final report being presented to the HRC at its 31st session in March 2016. The recommendations will be drafted jointly by Kiai, the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, and Heyns, who serves as the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. More information is available here.


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