Table 7: HIV, AIDS and Freedom of Assembly and Association

Examples of Human Rights Violations

  • State restricts formation of nongovernmental, community-based, or service organizations working on HIV and AIDS or imposes prohibitive bureaucratic requirements.
  • Police disperse a peaceful and authorized demonstration by AIDS activists.

Other Interpretations 

Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

Art. 12(1): Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association at all levels, in particular in political, trade union and civic matters, which implies the right of everyone to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his or her interests.

Art. 12(2): Political parties at Union level contribute to expressing the political will of the citizens of the Union.